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."
"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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