Letter: Government needs to follow different health care template

To the editor:

Ten first-rate countries, not including Canada or the United Kingdom, provide equal or better health care to everybody for 35 to 45 percent less cost than the U.S.

The current federal budget covers 34 percent of our people. For the same cost per person or less, eight of those nations cover 100 percent.

For two of the smallest countries it is 7 percent more to cover 100 percent. What this means is that going with single payer, which is not socialized medicine, the federal budget should not increase for health care and the employers and individuals would pay 35 to 45 percent less.

American business thrives by paying attention to best practices. Our government should do the same.

Donald A. Smith