Beware Of ShumCare

 

MVP Health Care, one of Vermont's last private insurance companies, released a thoughtful report on the potential ramifications of a single payer health care system in Vermont. It framed an expansive array of questions including:

  • How Would Single Payer Affect Businesses? Many Vermont residents work for businesses that are located in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. How would single payer affect them and their employers?
  • How Would Single Payer Affect Physicians? Many parts of Vermont have physician shortages. Would a single-payer system exacerbate this problem? Would physicians move to other states or choose not to practice in Vermont due to the fact that they would be receiving most of their payments from one government source?
  • What Are the Economic Implications? There have not been any studies to date that measure the economic impact of a Vermont single-payer system.
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