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July 6, 2005

Single-Payer Health Systems and Statistics

JAMA. 2005;294(1):43-44. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.43-b

To the Editor: Goodman et al created “twenty myths” about single-payer programs, and in the book Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World,1 they proceeded to dispel all of them while maintaining that the US health services system needs reform to increase market competition. In a highly laudatory review, Dr Orient,2 from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, supported the position of the authors and cited several statistics from the book to buttress the argument. These statistics are not consistent with other information.

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