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Letter: Single payer health care is simpler
First Published May 02 2014 05:40 pm • Last Updated May 02 2014 05:40 pm

I recently took my daughter in for a medical checkup. The practitioner ordered a scan and some labs. They directed us to the providers associated with their campus. I called to verify that they take our insurance. Nope. So

I had to find out who does, call her provider back, and have them fax over orders. Of course there were glitches in the process, and it took extra phone calls.

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It occurred to me that besides likely costing less, because we wouldn’t all have to pay a profit to the insurance companies, a benefit of a single-payer health care system would be simplification. No going through the rigmarole of who coordinates with the insurance you have. And repeat it the following year when you get a different insurance company. Quite frankly, I have more confidence in our government than in most of our endless-profit-driven corporations. The government is not perfect, but there are checks and balances.

Rosalie Bergeson Petersen

Bountiful




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