Analysis of 30 Years of Single-Payer Research Shows Medicare for All Would Absolutely Save US Money | Common Dreams News
A comprehensive new study that reviewed nearly three decades of existing analyses shows implementation of a single-payer healthcare system like Medicare for All could dramatically reduce costs in the United States, with savings likely experienced in the first year and definitely over the longer term.
“At this point, the most expensive health care plan is the status quo.”
—Dr. Adam Gaffney, PHNP
The meta-analysis, published Wednesday in the PLOS Medicine journal, reviewed 22 existing studies of state and national single-payer healthcare proposals.
Christopher Cai, a third-year medical student at the University of California at San Francisco and the primary author of the study, explained in a statement that the economic findings were similar regardless of ideological perspective.
“The most important conclusion from our study is that there is near consensus among that single-payer would save money, both in the first year of implementation and in the long term,” Cai told Common Dreams. “These findings held true regardless of the political affiliation of study authors.”