Single Payer Health Care Law and Legal Definition

Single payer health care is a system of health care that finances the cost for delivering universal and comprehensive health care coverage for an entire population from a single insurance pool. There are several contributors such as insured persons, employers, and government who contribute to the single pool out of which costs are met. The service provided by single payer health care is similar to the one offered by medicare in the U.S. Under this system, the government pays for care that is delivered by doctors from the private sector. Doctors who are in private practice and who are in private hospitals are paid from the government funds in the form of a fee for service rendered and they do not draw salary directly from the government.