1) Reduce health insurance and medical costs. (According to Bernie, it will) and
2) Avoid the very long waits for getting healthcare (as is the case for the UK and Canada).I don't know how Bernie's proposal addresses point #2. But it's a real problem in other countries. An opinion piece on CNN Why Single Payer Health Is A Terrible Option discusses some of the challenges that other countries face with a single payer system.
For example, in Canada's single-payer system:
- The 2016 median wait for neurosurgery after already seeing the doctor was a shocking 46.9 weeks -- about 10 months.
- The 2016 median wait for a referral from a general practitioner appointment to the specialist appointment was 9.4 weeks
When my wife's neurosurgeon decided it was time for surgery,
it took only 5 days to get the surgery done.
Three of those days were doing pre-op tests. Two of those days were a weekend. I would have gone nuts if we had to wait
months to get the surgery.
A single payer health system may be the eventual way to go. Provided, of course, that we can learn from the challenges that similar systems have had in other countries and not fall into the same traps.