Two spine surgeons discuss single-payer healthcare, and its potential effect on spine care.
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Question: Would a single-payer insurance system help or harm spine practice?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): A single-payer health care system will harm the spine community as there will be no competition. With single payer, there will be no options and choices, and I predict that the process to get necessarily studies and treatments will be even harder, which can potentially lead to a delay in patients’ care. Competition drives innovation — it’s the sole reason that the U.S. has come so far in terms of science, research and technology.