Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed, 49, of Glen Head, faces Medicare...

Dr. Syed Imran Ahmed, 49, of Glen Head, faces Medicare fraud charges in the theft of a millions of dollars by filing false claims for services not provided to patients, federal prosecutors say. Credit: iStock

As a senior health care executive, I found your article about the New York State Assembly again considering a single-payer option interesting ["Single-payer plan still an ideal," Editorial, Nov. 30].

New York State could serve as a model for the rest of the nation by being the first state to offer Medicare as its single-payer option. New York could purchase Medicare benefits from the federal government, allowing the state to take advantage of the federal government's claims-processing capabilities and its extensive network of participating hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.

New York would provide our nation with a socioeconomically and geographically diverse population base for this experiment.

Ellen Dank Cohen, East Setauket