There is renewed interest in a potential state-based, single-payer health care system in California. Asking key questions will help clarify what this might mean for our state.
Key Questions When Considering a State-Based, Single-Payer System in California (1.07 MB)
Over the past year, mirroring increased national interest, momentum has been growing in California to create a state-based, single-payer system. However, there is still no broad, shared understanding of what the term "single payer" means. And the potential of a state-based, single-payer system to deliver improved outcomes depends on policy decisions and design issues that have not yet been fully defined and vetted for California.
This paper identifies key questions and issues that bring into better focus what single payer could mean for California. Some of these key questions, discussed in more detail in the paper, include:
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