The MN Legislature may soon be voting on the MN Health Plan, a single-payer system that would cover all of Minnesota’s medical needs. Health care would be publicly-financed while being delivered through existing medical providers.
A single-payer health care system would not affect the ownership and management of physician groups, clinics, and hospitals. Currently, hospitals and clinics need to hire a large number of staff people just to manage billing operations. This is because insurance companies use different formulas to determine which services they choose to cover. However, instead of the multitude of insurance plans currently available, each with a different network of providers, we could have one, comprehensive plan for everyone.