Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: What’s your opinion of Medicare for All?
"Being primarily a conservative, white male-dominated field, urologists overall are probably ambivalent about Medicare for All. From my own perspective, I think there is some merit to it. In an ideal world, it could work pretty well. We live in a capitalistic society, however, and insurance companies are not going to voluntarily implode in order to make it easy to implement a Medicare for All system.
The Affordable Care Act, for all of its glitches, was probably our best shot if all the states had participated. It actually increased the number of people who were insured, took people off bad plans, and got rid of a lot of predatory plans.
If people were truly genuine about fixing health care, they could’ve made that plan work, made needed improvements, and required all states to participate. That would be the closest we could probably get in a capitalist society.
One issue for this country is that insurance is often tied to employment, but not all plans are portable so that’s another glitch in the system.
The whole point of insurance coverage for everybody in a country like Sweden or Norway is that it spreads out the overall risk. When people can opt out, you have an entirely high-risk pool and that’s not sustainable. When everybody pays, that mitigates risk.
The best thing would be to get people who are truly interested in making health care affordable and make the Affordable Care Act work.”
Kelvin Moses, MD / Nashville, TN