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Share links: endit and enddrugwar. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization. And: Canadian single-payer universal healthcare versus US healthcare.

There were around 107,300 US drug overdose deaths in the year ending January 31, 2022. 294 per day. Only around 30 to 55 per year in Portugal, a country with universal healthcare, and where all drugs have been decriminalized since 2001.

Source for the multi-country chart below: Are any conservatives in the US for a single payer and a universal health care system, or can they not coexist? Chart is from comment around March 11, 2017 by Dan Munro, "author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes contributor". See Wikipedia: List of countries with universal health care.

No deductibles on basic Canadian health care and co-pays are extremely low or non-existent.

"He admitted that the year had been atypically intense for them; they’d seen doctors a lot. Each time, they showed their health care cards, and that was it. He felt the care had been excellent. I asked how much it had cost them. He said that outside of Richard’s crutches and some $10 charges for prescription drugs, it hadn’t cost them anything."

Single-Payer in California Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family. May 22, 2017. And: OECD Health Statistics 2015.


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Global drug decriminalization news

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Portugal and drug decriminalization

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Doctors for Cannabis Regulations Forms to Support Legalization. And: Facebook.

Portugal has universal healthcare. Like Canada. Like nearly all of the EU (European Union). See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links. See: Wikipedia: Health in Portugal and Wikipedia: Drug policy of Portugal. And: Wikipedia: Comparison of the health care systems in Canada and the USA. And: Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per capita.

Single-payer health care

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USA. Universal healthcare would save

Tens of thousands of lives yearly

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The dam is breaking on Democrats’ embrace of single-payer.
Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in America, Poll Says. See Bernie on Colbert's Show [94].

"Various studies have looked at whether uninsured people have a higher risk of death. The most cited was published by the American Journal of Public Health in 2009 and found that nearly 45,000 Americans die each year as a direct result of being uninsured."

20 million more uninsured = 20,000+ more deaths yearly. [95]. And: Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported. June 27, 2017. Politifact. See article sidebar for many sources. [96][97][98][99][100]. And: Paul Ryan: “22 Million Americans Choose To Be Poor, So It’s Their Own Problem If They Can’t Afford To Be Healthy”. [101]. June 28, 2017.

Higher life expectancy at half the cost.

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See Commons source. See original chart source: Link between health spending and life expectancy: US is an outlier. August 03, 2016 by Max Roser (since updated). Chart is under a CC BY-SA license. Article that uses a version of the chart: Are any conservatives in the US for a single payer and a universal health care system, or can they not coexist? See comment around March 11, 2017 by Dan Munro, "author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes contributor".

US healthcare spending vs world

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Save $1.6 trillion out of $3.2 trillion spent on US healthcare in 2015. How?: Canadian single-payer healthcare, and Portuguese drug decriminalization and treatment. And: Save more via less incarceration. And: Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Vs. USA. [102]. And: No personal medical debt in single-payer countries. And: Canada has higher minimum wage.

The $0 Alternative To Trumpcare. See chart below. USA versus top ten healthiest nations.

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 Wikipedia country lists: Life expectancy. And: Total health expenditure per capita.

Single-Payer Healthcare. Canada passes US in middle-class wealth. Median after-tax middle-class income in Canada is higher. [103]. Why? Canadians pay so much less for more comprehensive healthcare.

Drugs kill far fewer people in Portugal

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How Big Tobacco-style marketing propels U.S. opioid crisis — and powers $400 billion pharma industry. June 24, 2017.

"Their efforts helped make opioids more American than apple pie: The U.S. — with 4% of the world's population — ingests 80% of its opioids, according to one of the lawsuits."

"The country has 3 overdose deaths per million citizens, compared to the EU average of 17.3."

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In 2014 the USA had 147 overdose deaths per million residents of all ages. [104] [105] [106] [107]

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, United States. Deaths per 100,000 population. Source.

US charts:

Canada-related healthcare news

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People love Canadian healthcare

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"At the same time he was quick to praise Canada’s system, which he says he and his family rely on, as do most corporate executives in Canada. He reported that wait times are generally not a problem, and says care is good."

Some patients need free cannabis

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