This paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine sheds light on the costs of bureaucratic waste in our health care financing system. This waste is a cost of enforcing unequal access to care and extracting profit. The study found that health care bureaucracy cost Americans $812 billion in 2017, more than one-third (34.2%) of total expenditures for doctor visits, hospitals, long-term care, and health insurance – the expenditure categories for which we had administrative cost data. A single-payer system would have saved the U.S. more than $600 billion in administrative expenditures in 2017 alone.
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