Yahoo Finance January 19, 2020
Anjalee Khemlani, Senior Reporter

Single payer, or no single payer?

As candidates and policymakers debate health care’s future amid soaring insurance costs, a new study from the University of California San Francisco examined 22 single-payer plan proposals in the past 30 years. It found that a public-run system would save money over time.

Single-payer opponents argue it would increase both costs and inefficiency: Indeed, the UCSF study’s suggested the details would ultimately determine the savings. Yet the data found that single-payer “would save money over time, likely even during the first year of operation.”

James G. Kahn, a UCSF professor and a study’s researcher, said that “even though they start with different single designs and modeling assumptions, the vast majority of these studies all come to the...