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Share links: Singlepayer and Healthcare. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: End drug war with universal healthcare.

See: Wikipedia: Health in Portugal and Wikipedia: Drug policy of Portugal. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. See: Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.

Single Payer. Developed world paying half of what USA spends on healthcare.

Health care cost timeline by nation

Info: [2][3][4][5][6]. Image source.

"Though the United States spends far more on health care than any other nation, life expectancy of the average American is only 78.8 years, lower than the OECD average and the lowest among the top spending nations." - USA Today article: Countries spending the most on health care, from 2015 Nov 14.

Replace Obamacare with Single-Payer Healthcare. Higher life expectancy at half the cost. Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [65]. Why? Canadians pay so much less for far better healthcare.
Country Life expectancy Infant mortality rate Healthcare cost per person
(2). (US dollars. PPP)
Murder rate
per 100,000
Canada 82.2 years.(2) 4.9 per 1000 births. $4,608 in 2015 1.5
USA 79.3 years.(2) 6.5 per 1000 births. $9,451 in 2015 3.9
Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [66]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

Gallup poll: Majority in U.S. Support Single Payer Healthcare. May 16, 2016. As do doctors. [67].

An economist says Bernie's universal healthcare would save $6 trillion over 10 years. 2. A Chicago Tribune article: In Europe, Sanders would be center-right. And: Nurses Applaud New Sanders Plan for Healthcare for All. 2.3.
President of Physicians for a National Health Program: Single-Payer is The Only System that can Achieve Universal Health Care.
Cut Republican big spending: Ground wars, drug wars, and US healthcare costs and incarceration costs. See: Business people for Single-payer Healthcare. Fed up with uncontrollable costs of U.S. healthcare.
Republican Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.
Census Data 'Starkly Illustrates' the Time for Single Payer Is Now.. September 13, 2016 by Common Dreams. The failure of private health insurance.

Kentucky's Republican governor wants to eliminate health insurance for over 400,000. Like the rest of the Republican South. In contrast: Patients can grow their own medical pot in Canada under new rules. [68][69]. And: Marijuana Growers' Fair Opens in Oregon. First time at a state fair.

The VA: Another reason for single payer. Physicians for a National Health Program. And: New Jersey veterans fight to use medical marijuana for PTSD.

Portugal Edit

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Portugal. Decriminalizing Drugs: When Free Treatment Replaces Prison. New York Times. - Portugal's universal healthcare and harm-reduction drug reform, versus Republican War on Drugs.

Video describes how Portugal's decriminalization and harm reduction reconnects people. 2.. And: Times of London has called for drug decriminalization using Portugal's model. 2.

Total healthcare costs by country per person Edit

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Note the lower healthcare cost per person in Canada for all healthcare costs (public and private):

Average total healthcare spending (public and private) per person for various developed nations

Above chart is from: US Health Care Spending More than Twice the Average for Developed Countries | Mercatus. Canada's single-payer universal healthcare costs less per person than U.S. healthcare. [70][71]. For more country info and charts: [72][73].

Chart below is from: Per capita healthcare costs — international comparison.

Total healthcare spending per capita by country

Trillions of dollars Edit

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Republicans think they can spend an infinite amount of money (many trillions of dollars) on health-insurance-company-based healthcare, and have an infinite number of babies, to feed their appetite for endless ground wars, and for more inmates for more prisons for more drug war.
Population milestones
Bernie Sanders is right. Single-Payer Healthcare costs less per person. 1.2.3. Wikipedia: Comparison of the health care systems in Canada and the USA. And: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita. And: Canada, the nation that will legalize cannabis under Trudeau, has single payer.
Bernie Sanders on Affordable Care Act

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Universal health coverage by country Edit

Universal health care

58 countries with universal health care in 2009, according to Stuckler, et al.[1]

██ 58 countries with legislation mandating universal health care, along with >90% health insurance coverage, and >90% skilled birth attendance.

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Universal healthcare and harm reduction Edit

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Bernie Sanders on US healthcare versus world

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Portugal decriminalized drugs (based on harm reduction), and has universal healthcare.

In the USA the Tea Party should support single-payer Canadian healthcare! It is universal healthcare, and gets better health results on average compared to the US. And it costs less per capita.. Many US physicians support single payer.

Also, the Tea Party should support harm reduction in Portugal. It saves billions of dollars by not putting people in jail for drugs. It saves billions more in court and policing costs.

Universal healthcare is the norm in Europe and is essential to Portugal's decriminalization of drugs.

"Imagine if the government chased sick people with diabetes, put a tax on insulin and drove it into the black market, told doctors they couldn’t treat them, ... and then sent them to jail. If we did that, everyone would know we were crazy. Yet we do practically the same thing every day in the week to sick people hooked on drugs." - Billie Holiday, 1956.

Majority of Americans support Medicare-for-all Edit

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Health expenditure per capita by country, 2013 (or nearest year)

Health insurance administration costs Edit

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Obamacare is better than the old healthcare system. Drug rehab for harder drugs is now paid for by Obamacare. It is far cheaper than jail. But Obamacare does not cover everybody because of the incredible waste of health insurance companies. Single-payer covers everybody (including veterans, most of whom are only partially covered by Veterans Administration care).

"We're talking about an overhead of about less than 3 percent [in Medicare], which is in huge contrast to private insurance companies, which runs in the double digits, often as high as 18 percent."

Single payer is much easier to use (almost no paperwork for patients), is far cheaper per capita [74], and gets better overall health results.

Medical bankruptcies in the USA

62% in 2007 (before the Great Recession). Was 8% in 1981. See the study by Harvard researchers, and more.

Health insurance companies suck money from their hosts, but provide no tangible service. Just like toll-road companies. See: Toll Roads Are A Bad Idea. Both just handle the money, and take a cut of the money. Health insurance companies build costly buildings to house the accounting staff, and claim deniers. Toll companies build costly 16-lane toll plazas, often on expensive urban land.

More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick. July 26, 2015. "In Minnesota, the share of people with health insurance has climbed to 95 percent from 91 percent since 2013, as the federal Affordable Care Act has taken hold. But insurers such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Medica have competed hard to hold down premiums as more people shopped for coverage; one way to do that is to offer more products with high deductibles and other forms of 'co-insurance.' ... As a result, even those with health insurance can face out-of-pocket costs that run to thousands of dollars, and health care providers, big and small, are seeing more bills that are left unpaid. Court cases filed by health firms seeking repayment have more than doubled since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state court records."

Doctors quitting because of bureaucracy Edit

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Before Obamacare started in January 2014 Edit

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Medical debt in USA. National Health Interview Survey

Source document is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cannabis is safer Edit

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

Obama on medical marijuana and drugs
Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. [87][88][89].

U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helped turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, mass incarceration. See: US incarceration peaked in 2008.

Drug war, control, mass incarceration Edit

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America's mass incarceration
See: Drug war, control, and Republican-led income inequality. And: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, handguns. And: US incarceration peaked in 2008. And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA. And: List of countries and U.S. states by incarceration rate.
See articles: Cannabis prisoners and Drug war cost charts, infographics..
The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.

References Edit

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  1. The political economy of universal health coverage. Background paper for the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 16–19 November 2010, Montreaux, Switzerland. Pacific Health Summit. National Bureau of Asian Research (November 2010). “Figure 2. Global Prevalence of Universal Health Care in 2009; 58 countries: Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela.”

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