Single-Payer Health System Bill Moves Forward in California

Share this content:
Single-Payer Health System Bill Moves Forward in California
Single-Payer Health System Bill Moves Forward in California

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal to replace private insurance with government-funded health care for all moved forward in California on Wednesday as Democrats on the Senate Health Committee voted to advance the measure.

The single-payer approach is backed by two Democratic senators, Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, and the state's powerful nursing union but faces an uphill battle, the Associated Press reported.

The proposal would guarantee coverage with no out-of-pocket expenses for all residents of the state, including those in the country illegally. A state agency would set prices and contract with doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers and pay all patients' bills. Private insurers would not be allowed to cover the same services, essentially removing them from the marketplace, the AP reported.

It's not clear where money for the single-payer system would come from. Last year, health spending in California was more than $367 billion, according to the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. A study of the costs and possible funding methods was commissioned by the California Nurses Association and will be ready before the proposal goes to the next committee later this year, according to spokesman Chuck Idelson, the AP reported.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Mortality Risks of Exclusive Cigar, Cigarette, Pipe Use ID'd

Mortality Risks of Exclusive Cigar, Cigarette, Pipe Use ...

Higher risk of tobacco-related cancer death for current/former cigarette, current cigar, pipe smoking

Burnout Found Prevalent Among Doctors in Single Health System

Burnout Found Prevalent Among Doctors in Single Health ...

Link between patient satisfaction and emotional exhaustion; also tied to odds of leaving organization

Ulipristal Achieves Amenorrhea for Symptomatic Leiomyomas

Ulipristal Achieves Amenorrhea for Symptomatic Leiomyomas

Ulipristal superior to placebo to achieve amenorrhea for bleeding due to symptomatic uterine leiomyomas

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »