Yes you read it right: Single System Healthcare Reform!
Many who first hear about EMBRACE are not sure what is innovative about it and how it is different from ‘single payer’ healthcare reform. The short answer is that EMBRACE is not a single payer system, but rather a single system system.
To understand why, it is important to understand that our current healthcare system is not really a system at all. It is a chaotic amalgam of different insurance coverage, hospitals, clinics and medical practice types. What is worse is that there is no effective oversight of all this chaos. Some forms of public insurance, like Medicare and Medicaid are overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) while other public insurance like that covering veterans are overseen by the department of Veteran Affairs. Private insurance is mostly regulated by business oversight bodies rather than healthcare agencies.
Hospital and clinic oversight is even more chaotic, often involving several different federal, state and local regulatory and quality agencies at the same time.
EMBRACE’s consolidation of all these oversight bodies under the one ‘system’ called the National Medical Board (NMB), makes it truly a Single System System. In addition to eliminating the huge amount of redundancy and inefficiency that is inherent in our current system, EMBRACE would create an infrastructure that elimiantes most of the bureaucracy and red tape that exists in our current system and in many single payer systems around the world. And unlike single payer systems, EMBRACE will seamlessly integrate affordable and transparent private insurance into the system.
Read more in the chapter on Public Health in EMBRACE: A Revolutionary New Healthcare System for the Twenty-First Century