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The fragmented care system in the US, particularly with respect to payment, has often been cited by field experts as one of the hindrances to a better quality healthcare, while single payer systems, similar to those available in Europe, are seen as conducive to “investing” in programs that reduce the cost of care and generally improve the quality of care for the majority of care recipients, including preventive health programs and technologies. This comparison is sometimes perceived as advocating single payer healthcare system. I have recently come across this very interesting article that offers a more balanced multi-faceted comparison between the US and the European healthcare systems, which I thought of sharing with the readers of this blog; enjoy!

– Majd Alwan

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Majd Alwan, Director, CAST

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