, but countries with single-payer healthcare manage to have health services that are affordable at the basic level
Sure. Go ask the doctors and nurses in those countries what they make. Then ask the hospitals and other research institutions how much they invest in R&D as a % of patient revenue.
My nephew is a doctor in Sweden. He knows he’ll never be a rich man there.
There is a reason why the same UN report that rated the US 37th in public care outcomes rated us #1 in critical care outcomes. I agree that there’s many strategies we can engage in to control costs. Constraining the payouts to our best and smartest people isn’t high on my list of the best ways to do it.
I disagree that any system where a for-profit medical insurer is operating can possibly be efficient.
You can disagree all you like, but countries like the Netherlands and Switzerland both use private insurers and are as efficient as single payer systems. There are reasons why most developed countries do not use single payer.