Re “Reform the entitlements,” by Lenny Rodin, Letters, Dec. 13:
When a system is broke, it must be changed. A Band-Aid will not help. That the U.S. healthcare system is broke has been known by the public and physicians for some time. However, it is easily fixable, i.e., by a one-payer or other universal system.
In round figures, the United States spends $2.8 trillion a year, or approximately 18 percent of GDP on healthcare. The next most expensive nation spends 12 percent. The difference would amount to 840 billion for the U.S., yet we as a nation have or recently had approximately 50 million people uninsured.
The other industrialized nations cover all people and at less cost, and in addition have equal or better results — a win-win situation. In no case have any of these nations reverted back to a privatized system. As a matter of fact their healthcare systems are an off the table item, whether there is a Socialist or Conservative head of government.
Although it is not well-publicized, most of our politicians are aware of the above situation, but they do little to either educate or inform their constituents, because they are beholden to the moneyed people who fund them, ergo, they’ve sold out the public. That’s the story in a nutshell.
The writer is a retired physician.