Consider universal care

By Aldebra Schroll, M.D.
Chico (Calif.) News & Review, Letters, July 25, 2013

On July 30, the Medicare program will mark its 48th birthday.

Medicare is the national single-payer health insurance plan that covers the elderly and disabled. It was enacted to ensure financial stability as people aged.

Today, Medicare guarantees health care to more than 50 million Americans. A study from the journal Health Affairs found that those enrolled in Medicare had fewer problems obtaining affordable medical care and higher satisfaction scores than those in private plans. They were also less likely to file bankruptcy due to medical expenses.

Overall, Medicare patients report greater satisfaction and security than those enrolled in private plans. A universal Medicare-for-all plan could guarantee these benefits to everyone. Learn more at

Dr. Aldebra Schroll resides in Chico.