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Why Medicare 4 All Won't Work (Guest: Roger Stark)

August 13, 2019

Roger Stark, a health care policy analyst at Washington state's free-market think tank Washington Policy Center, discusses the waiting we can expect if we were to ever introduce Medicare for All in the U.S.

Roger Stark, a medical doctor and health care policy analyst with Washington Policy Center, analyzed data from The Fraser Institute, a free-market think tank in Vancouver, British Columbia, that looked at wait times for that region's single-payer health care system.

What he found, he says, is what he believes the U.S. could reasonably expect if Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get their way and Medicare For All becomes a reality: wait times that could be as high as 45 weeks for speciality services. Dr. Stark talks with the Health Care News podcast about these results and says, thankfully, the U.S. consumer is not conditioned to ever be comfortable waiting for health care that way, and so the public outcry would be swift. However, many people may not realize that's what single-payer will ultimately mean it the quicker the realize it the better.

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.
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Dr. Roger Stark is a health care policy analyst at Washington Policy Center and a retired physician, and policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
rstark@washingtonpolicy.org