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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 6:55 p.m. MST

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Itsjstmeagain
Merritt Island, Fl

The State of Maryland was conducting a study to consider the State using a Single Payer system. A professor from U of Mass, Amherst working with the State noted that Medicare has an overhead cost of less that 3%, meaning that every dollar paid into the system 97 cents is available to pay the health care providers. In contrast, insurance companies have overhead costs of 15% to as high as over 50%. Where does the difference go? Administration to deny coverage, CEO and executive needs, profits and shareholder dividens. If you are still thinking of the "Death Panels", ask yourself how many Medicare patients are denied vs. people covered by private insurance.
Google Single Payer System, you'll find the interview and other information. Utah may want to consider this option.

one old man
Ogden, UT

If it is up to our legislators, then we're probably in trouble again.

They have much more important things to do. Like pushing anti-Federal message bills, pandering to their corporate sponsors and making sure the land developers are happy after they move the prison.

Fred33
KAYSVILLE, UT

@Itsjstmeagain

I think you have missed an important point. What is the quality of care received from Medicare vs private insurance? The legislator (doctor) that was interviewed for this story commented that it was hard to give the appropriate care with what Medicaid is willing to pay. Yes, more people will have access to healthcare if they are all on Medicaid, but the overall standard of care will be brought down by this move.

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