sin·​gle-pay·​er ˈsiŋ-gəl-ˈpā-ər How to pronounce single-payer (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a system in which health-care providers are paid for their services by the government rather than by private insurers

Examples of single-payer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanders has long advocated to create a single-payer, national health insurance program, and Mr. Biden has made lowering health care costs a centerpiece of his White House, as well as his reelection campaign. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 3 Apr. 2024 Gutierrez advocated for a single-payer health care system; Allred doesn’t, instead pushing for an expansion of Medicaid. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Mar. 2024 After a pacemaker insertion, cancer treatment, and a career collecting medical bills, Williams wants the U.S. to transition to a single-payer system. USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024 No such incentive exists within the single-payer version of Medicare. Avik Roy, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 In the past, single-payer legislation has divided Democrats and ultimately withered because of concerns over cost, opposition from private insurers and the complex bureaucracy that undergirds the nation’s delivery of healthcare, writes reporter Anabel Sosa. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Advertisement Single-payer healthcare California lawmakers have repeatedly considered overhauling the healthcare system to create a single-payer system that would insure all state residents. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 In one of the more inflammatory proposals, the group spent almost 45 minutes of the six-hour meeting arguing about whether the AMA should be able to discuss all health reform proposals, or continue to categorically oppose any single-payer models. Bob Herman Reprints, STAT, 13 Nov. 2023 The overall cost of single-payer in California could reach $500 billion a year. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of single-payer was in 1987

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“Single-payer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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