State-level Medicare for All could save us money while making healthcare free for every resident of the Commonwealth. This is an area we should be leading in.
Prescription drug prices in the United States are significantly higher than most other countries, and the problem is only getting worse. We need regulation to ensure everyone can get the medicine they need, regardless of personal income or financial position. Unless the Legislature takes action, pharmaceutical companies will be able to further exploit prescription drug pricing for a greater and greater profit, at the expense of patients who need them.
Healthcare companies have closed important services like maternity wards in certain hospitals because they are costly to run. This puts residents at risk when they have to drive farther to get the care they need. Our for-profit health care system prioritizes services that are profitable over services that patients need, effectively denying patients necessary care.
Establishes a single-payer health care system in Massachusetts
Provides health care for all Massachusetts residents and individuals who work more than 20 hours per week in the state without premiums, co-pays, or deductibles
Bans private insurance coverage for services already covered by the single-payer system
Make it harder for hospitals or healthcare companies from closing essential services without an adequate notice period
Prevent hospitals / health companies from expanding 3 years after the closure unless the essential service is restored
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No, in fact a Single-payer healthcare system will save up to $21 billion per year. Much of that cost savings come from reduced insurance company overhead. Instead of paying premiums, co-pays, and a litany of other confusing charges, you will pay a small tax -- smaller than what you're already paying for healthcare.
No. Studies show that countries with universal single-payer health care systems have on average lower wait times than the United States. Patients are also no longer restricted to seeking care from providers that are in their insurance network, so the range of options patients enjoy are larger under a single-payer system. This enables providers to be able to keep up with demand, instead of having to work around the artificial limits that insurance companies place on patients and providers.