To the Editor: Dr Woolhandler and colleagues,
on behalf of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health
Insurance,1 argued for the establishment
of single-payer national health insurance (NHI). Details of their proposal—to
require that physicians negotiate a binding fee schedule, prohibit hospital
expansions and capital purchases, eliminate the health insurance industry,
and require employers to transfer money earmarked for health benefits to the
NHI program—represent the antithesis of freedom, choice, and private
enterprise, the very hallmarks of American society.
Palmisano DJ. Proposals for US National Health Insurance—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(21):2797. doi:10.1001/jama.290.21.2797-a
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