The Single Payer Reimbursement System

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What is a Single Payer Reimbursement System?
Single payer reimbursement is a health care financing system that “includes both the collection of money for health care and reimbursement of providers for health care costs.” In such a system, the government or a quasi public agency is the entity that bears full responsibility of collecting funds and reimbursing appropriate parties, but the provision of care remains in private hands. Through taxpayer funds, the government collects money from individuals and businesses, and then reimburses providers who delivered health care services to those individuals enrolled in the public health insurance program. (http://www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer).
Current Healthcare Financing System in the United States
The United States currently employs a multipayer system. The payers in this system include the government and private insurance companies., thus the collection of money for health care is a joint responsibility of both parties. Private insurance companies collect premiums and other payments from enrolled individuals and businesses. The government collects taxes from individuals and businesses. Regarding reimbursement, the private insurance industry reimburses providers for health care services delivered to privately insured individuals, while the government reimburses providers for health care services delivered to publicly insured individuals (e.g. people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP, or the VA).

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