Payer Agnosticism

By Michael E. Hochman, M.D., M.P.H., Alex Y. Chen, M.D., and Martin Serota, M.R
New England Journal of Medicine
369:502-503 August 8, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1303174

Regardless of one's views on a single-payer national health care system, most observers would agree that such a system could simplify processes for health care providers and organizations. Under a single-payer system, health care providers would face a single set of rules — rather than the myriad standards and policies they currently encounter from various insurers. Advocates of a single-payer system argue that greater simplicity could yield savings by reducing administrative waste.