Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The debate over eliminating health insurance is actually offering a false choice. An international perspective is helpful here. When you look out at the rest of the world -- at the dozens of countries that run universal health care systems -- you find that every universal health plan relies, in some form or another, on private insurance. "Basically, every single country with universal coverage also has private insurance," says Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who studies international health systems. "I don't think there is a model in the world that allows you to go without it."

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"Each country has figured out its own role for private insurance," says Robin Osborn, a vice president at the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund who studies international health systems. "In almost every system, it tends to not be controversial because the commitment to basic universal coverage is there."

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The three ways other countries use private health insurance

When you look out at our peer countries, you essentially see them using private health coverage in three distinctive ways.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-12 12:38 PM | Reply

I have no problem with a system where some things may be covered by supplemental insurance. It's certainly likely that it's cost prohibitive to have a plan that covers every detail of healthcare, especially many elective procedures.

I think what you would find almost universally is that none of those countries would like to convert to our extremely inefficient and overpriced system. We should be taking the best of what other countries have already done and adopting it. And a lot of that still has to do with significantly regulating and reducing profit margins for private sector healthcare providers and insurers.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-02-12 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But, but, I was told they were dirty socialists.
- dingalings

#3 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-12 05:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Publicly funded health services should be focused on primary, preventative and population health, with acute care included if there is evidence that the outcomes are worth the cost and are affordable. Those PPP services extend life, avoid disease and limit the spread of communicable diseases, which all sane people should want.

Health services like express diagnosis for chronic or non-life threatening conditions, private hospital rooms, long term care, home care, cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic surgery, low benefit vs cost drugs should be recipient pay or covered under private insurance.

People should have the right to pay for their perception of premium care. It makes sense to make PPP and beneficial acute health care free because it often saves tax dollars and certainly improves quality of life and duration.

The other massive benefit to public pay options is that people are not enslaved by their employer in order to keep life sustaining health insurance for their families. Changing an employer should not affect your health insurance, that is insane.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-12 06:04 PM | Reply

Those well off have that private insurance to get better care.

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-02-12 08:55 PM | Reply

Everywhere you look the rich have more of everything. So what else is new? Doesn't make it right or constitutional.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-12 10:29 PM | Reply

Everywhere you look the rich have more of everything. So what else is new? Doesn't make it right or constitutional.

#6 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING AT 2019-02-12 10:29 PM | FLAG: Please explain what 'Constitutional' has to do with that -- if you can.

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-02-13 12:41 AM | Reply

Those well off have that private insurance to get better care.

#5 | POSTED BY MSGT

Yes, just like America. The rich can get better care.

Except there everyone gets decent care and no one goes bankrupt over medical bills...unlike America.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-02-13 11:52 AM | Reply

no one goes bankrupt over medical bills.

Not true, Google it .

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-13 11:55 AM | Reply

So, in other words, countries use private insurance to help mitigate the inherent problems with a universal system...the same inherent problems that Liberals refuse to believe are problems at all. This is an exceptional example of the real problem we face as a country with every major social issue. Neither side will accept there are negatives to their opinions. Universal healthcare? Great thing, but it has some issues that Liberals refuse to believe. Gun freedom? Great thing, but it has some issues that Cons refuse to believe. And on and on and on and on. Just more very easy to understand proof that our problem is compromise, not a lack of solutions.

#10 | Posted by humtake at 2019-02-13 12:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is this a thing that people didn't know? This was the idea of the public option debate.

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-02-13 02:01 PM | Reply

MSGT,

The question of constitutionality, in my mind (which is rarely considered) is, "Does this policy promote the general welfare", because it is clearly a constitutional mandate.

On taxes, healthcare and trade we are peddling backwards.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-13 02:36 PM | Reply

So, in other words, countries use private insurance to help mitigate the inherent problems with a universal system.
#10 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

No system is perfect. The private market exists to supplement the public coverage in countries where it is available. When you look at the quality of care/cost ratio that those of us in the US receive compared to other developed nations then you find we are paying far more into the private system while receiving lower quality care. We've got it backwards.

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-02-13 05:49 PM | Reply

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