Medicare for All is No Match for a Coronavirus

The April edition of Health Care News reports that countries with single-payer health care may have a more difficult time dealing with COVID-19. In the not-too-distant past, Canada and the United Kingdom have struggled to handle outbreaks of everything from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the seasonal flu.

That’s largely because these countries’ government-run, “Medicare-for-all”-style systems lack enough health care personnel, hospital beds, and other resources to meet the needs of their populations even in good times. A public health threat such as a pandemic can stretch single-payer health care to its breaking point.

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