Physicians for a National Health Program endorses Medicare for All Act of 2019, HR 1384: a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program.
The Medicare for All Act would improve Medicare by providing comprehensive, first-dollar health benefits inclusive of dental, vision, hearing, mental health, and long-term care, as well as the full spectrum of women’s reproductive health care. It would then expand Medicare to cover everyone living in the U.S., regardless of age, income, or employment. Coverage would be lifelong, portable, and seamless; services would be covered free at the point of service without copays or premiums.
Single-payer Medicare for All would would save more than $600 billion annually by slashing the administrative waste of private insurance and the paperwork insurers impose on hospitals and doctors ($504 billion) and bargaining down drug prices ($155 billion).