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Articles of Interest

These articles highlight many of the health care related stories in the news–ranging from single-payer op-eds by PNHP members to reports by newspapers on corporate health care.

  • Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
    Is the Affordable Care Act a failure? For some of us, the answer is simple: If you voted for President Obama, it must be a success. If you voted against the president, it must be a failure.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    By Emily Rappleye | Becker's Hospital Review
    EHRs increase time spent on non-patient-related paperwork, a burden that consumes 16.6 percent of the average American physician's working hours, according to a study published last week in the International Journal of Health Services.

  • Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014
    By Daphne C. Thompson | The Harvard Crimson
    Holding signs reading "Healthcare not warfare" and "Insurers deny, people die," more than 100 activists rallied at Boston Common Sunday to promote a single-payer healthcare system and an emergency global health fund.

  • Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014
    By Marie Benz, M.D. | MedicalResearch.com
    Interview with Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Public Health and City University of New York, Lecturer (formerly Professor of Medicine) at Harvard Medical School, Primary Care Physician Practicing in the South Bronx.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    By Dave Dvorak, M.D. | Duluth News Tribune
    "Not sustainable.” That was the way PreferredOne CEO Marcus Merz described the circumstances leading to his insurance company’s decision to withdraw from the MNsure exchange.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    UT School of Public Health, Oct. 22, 2014
    Robert Zarr, M.D., M.P.H., an alumnus of The University of Texas School of Public Health, was recently appointed president-elect of the organization Physicians for a National Program (PNHP). Zarr earned an M.P.H. at the School of Public Health, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and an M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine.

  • Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014
    By Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear | The New York Times
    While high-deductible plans cover most of the costs of severe illnesses and lengthy hospital stays, protecting against catastrophic debt, those plans may compel people to forgo routine care that could prevent bigger, longer-term health issues, according to experts and research.

  • Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade
    This is a political fight as well as a moral one. We must insist that our elected officials understand that our lives are literally at stake, and that we will defend ourselves from their negligence.

  • Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014
    By Amitabh Pal | The Progressive
    Dr. Walter Tsou, past president of the American Public Health Association and the former health commissioner for Philadelphia, says that the Ebola crisis shows the skewed priorities of the U.S. health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014
    By Josephus Weeks | The Dallas Morning News
    Thomas Eric Duncan was a victim of a broken system. The biggest unanswered question about my uncle’s death is why the hospital would send home a patient with a 103-degree fever and stomach pains who had recently been in Liberia — and he told them he had just returned from Liberia explicitly due to the Ebola threat. Some speculate that this was a failure of the internal communications systems. Others have speculated that antibiotics and Tylenol are the standard protocol for a patient without insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | Common Dreams
    In some countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In ours, the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Elections matter. And when it comes to health care, the upcoming election on Nov. 4 will matter a lot. This seems an appropriate time to take stock of where we stand.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | The Washington Post
    With reports that a nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas has been infected, one thing urgently needs to be made clear: Our hospitals are not prepared to confront the deadly virus.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    PNHP note: This Associated Press wire story, dated March 26, 1966, contains the first known published reference to Dr. King's famous quotation regarding injustice in health care, namely, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman."

  • Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014
    By Mandi Woodruff | Yahoo Finance
    When Deanne Overvold’s husband, Lee, started complaining of back pain late last year, she thought the painkillers his doctor prescribed would be the end of it. Five months later, a round of lab tests would reveal that Lee, 60, wasn’t just suffering from a backache — he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a fast-moving bone marrow cancer.

  • Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldiver and Jennifer Agiesta | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured U.S. adults say they don't have much confidence in their ability to pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014
    By Randall White, M.D. | Canadian Healthcare Network (Toronto)
    Obtaining orthopedic services in British Columbia is harder than it needs to be. People sometimes wait for months, but successful programs to expedite access exist, such as the Osteoarthritis Service Integration System, operated by Vancouver Coastal Health. Although the government should create more such programs, such efforts are diverted in the defence of our single-payer, not-for-profit universal healthcare system from a group that hopes to break the “government monopoly” on healthcare funding in Canada.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
    By Olga Khazan | The Atlantic
    After his recent herniated-disk surgery, Peter Drier was ready for the $56,000 hospital charge, the $4,300 anesthesiologist bill, and the $133,000 fee for orthopedist. All were either in-network under his insurance or had been previously negotiated. But as Elisabeth Rosenthal recently explained in her greatNew York Times piece, he wasn't quite prepared for a $117,000 bill from an “assistant surgeon"—an out-of-network doctor that the hospital tacked on at the last minute.

  • Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014
    By the Editorial Board | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    A Republican hospital consultant and university teacher wrote a Sunday Gazette-Mail analysis saying President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Americans without medical insurance from 18 percent to 13 percent, so far.

  • Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014
    By Laurie Garrett | The Chicago Tribune
    Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since Tuesday's announcement that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease after having been in Texas for eight days.