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A right to health care could lower doctors’ earnings.

The Medicare system in the United States is a single-payer system where government pays for health care bills, and between 1998 and 2009 it reduced physician payments in three different years. [91] In 2017, the Congressional Budget Office reported that private insurance payments were, on average, 200% higher than payments made by Medicare for certain treatments such as radiation therapy or MRI scans and 89% higher for hospital admissions. [150] In Canada and the United Kingdom, where there is a universal right to health care, physicians have incomes 15-51% lower than US doctors. In the United States, the average physician income is $299,000 compared to $256,062 in Canada, and $147,778 in the United Kingdom. [151] [152] [153]

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