Andrew Coates, MD, FACP
The latest public radio commentary by PNHP’s president. An archive can be found here.
In my view, the first step toward protecting the sphere of caregiving from the corrupting influence of money would be to enact a national health program, publicly financed, truly universal, and stripped of the corporate profiteering that afflicts us today. It’s an achievable goal, as other nations have shown us. And it will bring us closer to what Dr. Kleinman calls “enact[ing] care as humankind’s shared project.”
Greg Silver, MD
The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,936 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 50 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.
This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.
Marcia Angell, MD
Journal of Medicine
We endorse a fundamental change in America's health care - the creation of a comprehensive National Health Insurance (NHI) Program. Such a program - which in essence would be an expanded and improved version of Medicare - would cover every American for all necessary medical care.
Dr. Claudia Fegan, chief medical officer at John Stroger Hospital in Chicago and past president of PNHP, testified at a Senate HELP subcommittee hearing on the crisis in primary care on Jan. 29. Other panelists included Dr. Andrew Wilper, economist Uwe Reinhardt, Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, and nurses Tess Stack Kuenning and Toni Decklever.
You can find links to all the statements and video footage here.
By James Mitchiner, M.D.
An article from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) News
Regardless of whether you are elated or disappointed with June’s historic Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, it is certainly no panacea for the problems facing U.S. health care.
So it’s clear we need to do the right thing: the creation of a national, universal, publicly funded health care system, free of the corrupting power of profit-oriented health insurance, and at the same time capable of passing constitutional muster. In short, the right thing is an expanded and improved Medicare-for-All program, otherwise known as single-payer.