By Leroy Jones, Jr. on August 18, 2009 8:52 PM
What is Single Payer? Definition: A system of health care characterized by universal and comprehensive coverage. Single-payer health care is similar to the health services provided by Medicare in the US.
The government pays for care that is delivered in the private (mostly not-for-profit) sector. Doctors are in private practice and are paid on a fee-for-service basis from government funds. The government does not own or manage their medical practices or hospitals.
Single-payer health care is distinct and different from socialized medicine in which doctors and hospitals work for and draw salaries from the government.
By Leroy Jones, Jr. on August 14, 2009 8:56 AM
Definition: Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
A federal payment option that enables qualified providers in medically underserved areas to receive cost-based Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and allows for the direct reimbursement of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives.
Many outpatient clinics and specialty outreach services are qualified under this provision that was enacted in 1989.