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Single Payer: New Statement and Blog Post from HANYS President Bea Grause

As the New York State Assembly passed a single-payer healthcare bill for the fourth straight year, HANYS President Bea Grause issued the following statement:

Vermont’s three-year attempt to implement a state-based single payer system contains valuable lessons for New York. Despite the state geographic and population differences, the dynamics of building financing models, estimating impacts on patient care and factoring in medical innovations are just a few of the important questions that need to be addressed about single payer. At HANYS, we’ve identified some of these questions and urge policymakers to consider them as part of a broad, bipartisan, fact-based discussion.

As state and national efforts have illustrated, there is no quick, easy or inexpensive way to simultaneously lower healthcare costs while increasing health coverage and ensuring quality. Achieving these goals in a way that plans for the future, takes advantage of technology and innovation, and continuously advances more efficient ways to deliver high-quality care to all will require at the very least collaboration, perseverance and leadership.

Read Bea’s latest blog post, “Is Single Payer the Answer?”, to learn more about the questions policymakers need to consider.

Published June 15, 2018