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Medicare for All is the Solution to Rural Medicine

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One of the great under discussed crisis in this country is the plight of rural healthcare. All around the country hospitals and clinics are closing, and patients are going without much needed care. Additionally, those who do receive care in rural areas, often receive worse care, experience worse outcomes and pay more money for the pleasure.

One massive benefit of Medicare for All is the fact it places rural medicine under the control of the federal government, one of the few entities capable of delivering quality care to rural Americans despite the cost. The same is true of poor Americans, as Bernie Sanders points out on Twitter whenever he gets the chance.

The dynamic for rural America and low-income Americans is largely the same. A profit driven healthcare system simply can’t and won’t deliver quality care to those who can’t afford it. But a Medicare for All system does just that, and at a fraction of the price. Over the next 10 years Americans will spend an estimated $32+ trillion dollars on healthcare expenses. Under a Medicare for All system, that number decreases to $30 trillion dollars.

This is largely because as a national healthcare system Medicare will have increased bargaining power, and the ability to negotiate for lower drug prices, lower procedure prices, and there will be less administrative costs in general.

All this ensures that both rural and low-income Americans continue to get quality care, or in many cases have access to quality care for the first time. As it stands now, care simply isn’t profitable for healthcare providers. And since our system is built on profit, not health, millions go without.

 

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