Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been the most outspoken advocate for a single payer health care system in the US, or a “Medicare for all” system. In fact, he is frequently citing the Canadian system as one to emulate.
Straight from his website we learn that Sander’s universal single-payer health care means comprehensive coverage for all Americans. Bernie’s plan will cover the entire continuum of health care, from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care, including long-term and palliative care; vision, hearing and oral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; as well as prescription medications, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostics and treatments.
So what is the differences between Sander’s plan and the Canadian system and why are they important?
Editor of Mises Wire and The Austrian, Ryan McMaken joined me to look at this topic.
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