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, November 21, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    A new Harvard study has found that Americans’ trust in the medical profession has dropped dramatically in recent years and lags behind that in many other wealthy countries. At the same time, doctors are becoming increasingly unhappy with our profession. In his new memoir, “ Doctored,” Dr. Sandeep Jauhar eloquently explains why: More and more doctors are coming to view our profession as just another job.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    By Neil H. Buchanan | Verdict,
    The two most recent attempts to reform the American health care system, in the early 1990s and early in this decade, were notable for what the would-be reformers refused even to consider: single-payer health care. Although nearly every major nation in the world uses a version of the single-payer system—and, as I will discuss below, even though the U.S. itself has had great success with a partial single-payer plan—both the Clinton and Obama Administrations ruled out universal single-payer reform even as one of the possible options.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay News
    Seniors in America have more chronic health problems and take more medications than seniors in 10 other industrialized countries do, according to a new global survey.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    By Joan Brunwasser | OpEdNews
    My guest today is second-year medical student, Brad Zehr. Welcome to OpEdNews, Brad. Something very interesting happened at the AMA (American Medical Association) recently. What can you tell us about it?

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    By Vijay Das | Salon
    Starting tomorrow, November 15, millions of Americans will go online to obtain or re-enroll in health coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplaces. Working families once again will try to pick a health plan that works for them. Yet this year, the task will be particularly difficult.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    By Adam Schrager | (WISC-TV, Madison, WI)
    MADISON, Wis. - Megan Rothbauer would rather be discussing an impending engagement, her future marriage and eventually, children. However, the 30-year-old Madison resident is instead scouring the Internet looking for solutions to stave off bankruptcy.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Common Dreams
    With the Affordable Care Act’s new enrollment period starting on Nov. 15, and then, for many, the activation of new insurance coverage on Jan. 1, we’ll be witnessing an intense period of “churn.”

  • Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014
    By Morgan True |
    MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For many observers, Rep. Mike Fisher's defeat in the Addison 4 district came as a surprise, and as a rebuke of Vermont's push for single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014
    By Trudy Lieberman | The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Sask.)
    As an American journalist sitting in a Toronto coffee bar, I began to chat with people about their healthcare system.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Recent studies have documented high administrative burdens for American doctors and hospitals. The average U.S. physician spends a sixth of their time on administrative tasks that are not integral to patient care, and this is worst for psychiatrists, internists, and family practitioners – the very specialties for which we have the worst shortages.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    Health Affairs
    The following letters appeared in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs in connection with a feature article in the September issue titled “A Comparison Of Hospital Administrative Costs In Eight Nations: US Costs Exceed All Others By Far,” by David U. Himmelstein, Miraya Jun, Reinhard Busse, Karine Chevreul, Alexander Geissler, Patrick Jeurissen, Sarah Thomson, Marie-Amelie Vinet, and Steffie Woolhandler.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    By Katie Wike | Health IT Outcomes
    Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, who serve as professors of public health at the City University of New York and lecturers in medicine at Harvard Medical School, recently studied data from over 4,700 physicians. According to the International Journal of Health Services, this data came from the most recent 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
    What are the saddest parts of the Cover Oregon debacle?

  • Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014
    By Robert A. Milch, M.D. | The Buffalo News
    The News reported Oct. 25 that the national head of BlueCross BlueShield said the United States “spends too much” for health care, stakeholders need to “work” together and reimbursement must shift to one that “rewards best outcomes.”

  • Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014
    By Carol C. Nadelson and Howard Corwin | The New York Times
    The Ebola crisis could be a test case for health care management on a national scale. It may provide an extraordinary opportunity to improve the adequacy of our national 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. |
    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.