Once again you are headed to the ER. Your child’s asthma has gotten much worse. You know this will be an expensive visit, but she is struggling to breathe. You couldn’t afford to refill both inhalers the doctor prescribed at the last visit. They want you to take her to a lung specialist. But that office requires full payment for the first visit because you don’t have insurance. At least the ER will take care of her and then offer a payment plan.
THE GOOD NEWS IS that under Improved Medicare for All, chronic disease preventive care will be covered for everyone. This is one of the ways the single-payer system is so cost effective, because preventive care is less expensive than emergency care.