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Questions related to the sociopolitical fundamentals of healthcare (i.e. access to healthcare in a given country) regarding the policies regulated and/or supplied by governments.

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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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Why are Democrats mostly focused on increasing healthcare spending, rarely mentioning any proposals for decreasing the costs of healthcare services?

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are currently the two most prominent candidates campaigning for universal healthcare, as an expansion of Obama's original Affordable Care Act. However their plans ...
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How important is healthcare reform/plan to Democratic voters?

All four leading Democratic candidates have spelled out, in more or less detail, their vision for a healthcare reform/plan. But how important is the issue to Democratic voters, i.e. are there any ...
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How many countries have single-payer healthcare with 0 copays and 0 deductibles?

Many 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates in the United States, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang, support a "Medicare for All" single payer healthcare system with zero ...
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Do any Democratic Presidential candidates support a 0 copay 0 deductible Public Option?

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and a few other 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates support a single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare plan with zero copays and zero deductibles. ...
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Is comparing healthcare to food for private versus market based policy logical? [closed]

When I try to formulate a sound moral foundation for having universal healthcare that all citizens pay taxes towards, I always get tripped up that we don't argue the same for food, water, and housing -...
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Why would the Chinese government want to forcibly harvest organs? [closed]

There are reports about China conducting forced organ harvesting. I'm not sure why the Chinese government would need to do this. If it was about money, I'd assume they'd have to sell the organs on a ...
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Why does Canada fund fertility treatment but not dentistry, medications or optometry?

I'm from Ontario and OHIP funds fertility. If I get the facts wrong, go ahead and just edit! OHIP doesn't fund, if you're 20-64, optometry like annual eye exams. over 25, prescription medications. ...
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Why did UK NHS pay for homeopathic treatments?

This Business Insider article argues about homeopathic treatment being virtually banned from using NHS funding: Britain's government health system (NHS) had continued to pay for thousands of ...
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What is a “major country” as named in Bernie Sanders' Healthcare debate answers?

During the debate tonight, Bernie Sanders said (from the Washington Post's transcript): We need...a health-care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does, ...
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Has the US government provided details on plans to deal with AIDS and childhood cancer?

Twitter moments reports that Trump said that the US government is going to deal with the AIDS epidemic in the USA, and cure childhood cancer. Most of the comments in the Twitter moment, along with ...
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Why do Americans (US) want to keep their employee-based healthcare insurance?

The generalized argument against some sort of Medicare for All (M4A) is that Americans really like the employer based health insurance (EBHI). That approximately 150 million workers are enrolled in ...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

During the second night of the first Democratic Presidential Debate, NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked the ten candidates at the debate: "Raise your hand if your government [healthcare] plan would ...
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What are the (key) limits of coverage of Medicare for All?

I don't live in the US, but rather in a country where there's a state mandated, single-(state)-payer universal health insurance - with additional layers of coverage for additional insurance fee ...
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How integrated are Private Health Insurers (PHI) with Medicare?

Please exclude Medicare Advantage programs sold by private insurers from your answer. There is a popular notion that traditional Medicare is underwritten and administered only by the US government. ...
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What is the role of private healthcare insurance industry in Medicaid?

In light of the concept of abolishing the private healthcare insurance industry advocated by some 2020 presidential candidates, one would expect that to impact the administration of Medicaid. As I "...
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Why are some 2020 Democratic candidates insisting on eliminating employer-based private insurance [duplicate]

At the Democratic primary debates, the moderators asked for a show of hands for candidates that wanted to move to fully public health insurance, eliminating employer-based private insurance. ...
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What do the advocates of single payer claim are the advantages of eliminating private health insurance?

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders have all trumpeted the original meaning of Medicare for All: a single-payer health care system. The Medicare for All Act of 2017, sponsored by ...
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Are Medicare approved amounts significantly different than Commercial insurance approved amounts

In context: During the 1st Democratic candidates debate 6/26/19, it was stated that If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is how would it have been for ...
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Have governments used (or currently use) propaganda to undermine health in hostile countries?

Recently, there’s been claims that Russia has been fuelling anti-vaxxer sentiment in the US, and that one of the objectives is to undermine the health of the country - not the political health of the ...
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What are the obstacles for a US president to enact Healthcare For All? [closed]

I was told Bernie Sanders would be unlikely to enact it should he become president, but I don't understand why exactly. Particularly, I don't understand the intricacies of American politics. I would ...
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Why does Japan spend more on Pharmaceutical R&D than the UK? [closed]

Japan spends 13% of the world's total Pharma R&D while the UK spends 6% less (source). Are there any reasons existing within the health system of Japan which allow this to happen?
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What provisions does JCPOA contain for medical isotopes or their (special) precursors?

Back in 2010-2011 or so, Iran claimed (through president Ahmadinejad) that Iran needed 20% enriched uranium only to produce medical isotopes: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Through Translator): [...] The ...
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Do I correctly understand the math behind Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options?

This may be basic math, but I'd like to check my understanding of Bernie Sanders's medicare for all financing options document, which is found here. $3.2 trillion is what the U.S. spends on health ...
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Why is healthcare a federal issue and not a state issue

Why is healthcare in the US viewed by many as a federal issue, instead of a state issue? It seems to me, it would make more sense to implement healthcare reform on a state level, like they did in ...
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Why is the focus so much on health care coverage in the US - as opposed to privatization?

Whenever I hear stories about how some poor American couldn't pay their medical bills due to how obscene the prices are, the subsequent political discussion is always about health care coverage (...
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Why restrict private health insurance?

There are several countries in which all citizens have a right to healthcare that is paid for by the government, e.g. in Canada. Yet in some of these countries (again noteably certain parts of ...
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Has any person/group ever actively campaigned to switch to an opt out policy for organ donation in the US?

There are generally two options for determining rather a deceased individual's organs can be used from donation. The Opt-in policy says that the organs can not be used unless a person explicitly ...
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How many Americans are actually uninsured?

NBC News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders has the following response to House Democrats' PAYGO rules: "At a time when climate change threatens our planet, when our infrastructure is crumbling, when ...
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Do any members of Congress support a British-style socialized healthcare system?

A number of Democratic members of Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders being the most prominent, support a Canadian-style single-payer system where doctors and hospitals are private, but health insurance ...
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Why is the principle of priority so rarely used in relation with organ donation?

This article argues about increasing organ donation by presumed consent and allocation priority: To promote organ donation, legislating the principle of priority provides a strong incentive by ...
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Is the use of “fear” effective in terms of voter turn out in US elections…?

The November 6th election has seen record turnout in some states that were electing senators and representatives. Use of fear has been around for a long time but this election has seen unpresident ...
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Health care ballot initiative for nurse staffing: why no compromise?

Next month the voters in Massachusetts USA will be asked to decide whether to enact a law mandating certain specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in hospitals. Why was there no compromise? Why did ...
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What is the reason for organ donation “soft opt-out” even if the person has explicitly allowed organ donation?

According to this BMJ article, in many countries that have a presumed organ donation policy, the family can override person's decision related to donating his/her organs: (..) although Spain is ...
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How are free-for-consumer prescriptions paid for in a publicly-financed healthcare system?

In the UK, eligible citizens have access to free medical prescriptions. Does the NHS have special deals with drug companies and if so what are they?
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Why are alcohol beverages generally exempted from displaying nutritional facts/ingredient list within EU?

This is related to this question, but applied within European Union. According to this source, EU does not impose nutritional facts or ingredient list display for alcoholic beverage: Alcoholic ...
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Why does having a soda tax seem so hard to achieve in the US?

According to this Harvard article eating too much added sugar can lead to serious health issues: A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So ...
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If medication prices in the US are higher than in other countries, why not import from there?

In the United States, many medications are much more expensive than in other countries (see for example How the U.S. Pays 3 Times More for Drugs). This is a serious problem for many patients, and ...
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Why is advertising for medication requiring prescription allowed?

Recently I have seen on local media (mainly TV within an Eastern European country) multiple ads for medication that requires prescription. It looks to be much more regulated than vitamins as it ...
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Are there countries besides Israel preferring organ donor card holders or is there any experience with this policy?

I wonder about a policy of prioritizing organ donor card holders over others, when allocating donated organs, given that all other conditions are equal. Background information: A policy preferring ...
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Why does Spain have such a low paid leave available to mothers?

A friend of mine who is an MD in Spain told me that paid leave is small in Spain (16 weeks, check column Total paid leave available to mothers within the table at page 3) as compared to virtually all ...
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Is NHS reliance on foreign doctors typical?

Most of the United Kingdom's healthcare is provided by the tax funded and state organised National Health Service. Since it was created in 1948 the NHS has always required foreign doctors. In 2014 ...
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Why are medicine and certain medical procedures so expensive? [closed]

In countries such as the United States many prescription medicines are really expensive, and it seems like those medicines wouldn’t be that expensive to make. Also many medical procedures seem to be ...
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Can an EU country government extend exception list for freedom of expression?

By the end of 2017, a Romanian NGO financed some banners that can be easily interpreted as against vaccination (like this one - the first line says "vaccines are not safe"). According to this article,...
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Why did Trump fire all members of the PACHA?

Recently, Trump fired all members of his AIDS/HIV council (PACHA). Why would anyone actively choose to shut down a council on an important health issue?
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How does repealing the individual mandate adversely affect Obamacare?

The Senate will be voting on the Republican tax plan tonight, with the House revoting it tomorrow. From what I understand, the bill will repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. I have ...
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Why does Denmark spend less of their budget on their universal health care than USA does?

Health care makes up about 28 % of the federal spending in the US. See this. In Denmark, a country which, unlike the US, offers universal health care, which ought to be more expensive for the ...
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How do libertarians see people that have an illness that they cannot afford treating by themselves?

Libertarians usually are strong critical of government financed health-care. Under this ideology, what would a person with a health condition that is out of pocket have to do to treat do under the ...
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Healthcare costs [closed]

I am near 40 now and have always been athletic which has led multiple hospital visits in various states (sometimes I had health insurance sometimes I didn't). Also, I now live in HI which has great ...
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Did Rand Paul discuss why he changed his mind on Repeal and Delay?

Shortly after President Trump took office, Congressional Republicans were planning to pass a "repeal and delay" bill, i.e. a bill which would repeal as much of Obamacare as can be done through budget ...