Articles of Interest Archives

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 Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Josh Freeman, M.D.
    I just returned from a week’s visit to Cuba with a group of journal medical editors and public health people. We met with many people in the medical professions including family doctors and nurses and people from highly specialized referral centers in pediatric cardiac and hepatobiliary surgery, nutrition, and diabetes, and with faculty and leaders from the school of public health and some of Cuba’s medical journals, including the Cuban Journal of Public Health.

  • Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015
    By Julie Pease, M.D. | Maine Medicine
    MMA’s Public Health Committee has designated access to healthcare as one of its priorities for 2015. During 2014, access to care changed for many Mainers. On the bright side, thousands who had previously been left out of our system are now newly insured and able to access healthcare.

  • Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    We often hear boasts about American exceptionalism. But there is at least one area where being exceptional is a negative.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015
    By Rod Watson | The Buffalo News
    The spat between doctors and a health insurer over which anti-addiction drug patients can get raises again the fundamental health care question Americans answer one way, and the rest of the world answers another: Whom do you trust?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    Steven Brill, author of the well-known 2013 "Special Report, Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," in Time magazine has just released his new book, "America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."[1] Based upon in-depth reporting of interviews with more than 240 people involved in various ways across our health care industry, he gives us an inside look at how the Affordable Care Act was written, passed, implemented and changed over the last five years.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Single Payer News
    On January 5, 2015, the Jackson Central Labor Council meeting in regular session "voted unanimously to endorse and support H.R. 676, the National Single Payer Legislation," reports Joe Coleman, president of the CLC.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    By Nancy T. Block, M.D. | The New York Times
    As Elisabeth Rosenthal eloquently documents in “Insured, but Not Covered” (news analysis, Sunday Review, Feb. 8), our health insurance system is little better than the nonsystem we had before the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | Modern Healthcare
    Moving the ACO model to the privately insured means holding doctors and hospitals accountable for outcomes they cannot control—a bad deal for all.

  • Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | The Huffington Post Canada
    In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., they are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015
    By Peter Wong | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
    State Sen. Michael Dembrow and a few hundred people have not given up on a single-payer system under which the government pays for all health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    By Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams
    Providing universal health coverage is a key way to address increasing global inequality, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    By Aatif Mansoor, Channing James and Jenny Zhang | Minnesota Daily
    We are medical students who have devoted eight years of our lives to educating and training ourselves, along with three to seven more years of training left for our chosen specialty.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    America’s Work Force Radio
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview that Vanessa Van Doren, a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, gave to Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of the labor-oriented, Cleveland-based “America’s Work Force Radio” on WERE-AM 1490, on Feb. 9, 2015.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann
    PNHP President Dr. Robert Zarr appeared on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" on RT America on Feb. 9, 2015, to discuss the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and the continuing need for single-payer reform -- an improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    By James Fieseher, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
    As much as we’ve prospered as a nation under the “free market” system, one size doesn’t fit all. There are just some things that don’t belong in a free-market system, particularly when it comes to an integration of services.

  • Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015
    By Elisabeth Rosenthal | The New York Times
    When Karen Pineman of Manhattan received notice that her longtime health insurance policy didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, she gamely set about shopping for a new policy through the public marketplace. After all, she’d supported President Obama and the act as a matter of principle.

  • Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Children should get vaccinated. The evidence is overwhelming that this is a safe and effective vital strategy for our nation’s health.

  • Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015
    By Rep. John Conyers | The Huffington Post
    The Republican-led House of Representatives just unsuccessfully attempted to undo the Affordable Care Act for the 56th time.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015
    By Deirdre Fulton | Common Dreams
    Single-payer advocates are celebrating the reintroduction of the so-called 'Medicare-for-All' bill that would replace the nation's byzantine healthcare system, dominated by private health insurance companies, with a single, streamlined public agency that would pay all medical claims for the entire population, much like Medicare does for seniors today.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
    By Garry Rayno | The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)
    CONCORD, N.H. — “Who do you want to pay?” was the question a Dover physician asked in supporting a bill for a single-payer health care system in the state.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By Jim Kahn, M.D., M.P.H. | KevinMD blog
    We all know that the U.S. system of paying for health care is tremendously complex and inefficient: a multitude of insurers, thousands of insurance plans, innumerable medical bills, countless incorrect and denied claims.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By Jim Edwards | Business Insider
    I've spent half my life in the US and half of it in the UK, so I'm used to both countries' healthcare systems. I recently returned to London after 20 years in America, and after a few doctors' appointments I've come to see the NHS through American eyes.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By Alycin Bektesh | WFHB 91.3 Radio (Bloomington, Ind.)
    The following text is an unofficial transcript of excerpts from a radio interview given by Dr. Rob Stone, director of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's recently announced Medicaid expansion alternative.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By Joseph E. Stiglitz | The New York Times
    A secretive group met behind closed doors in New York this week. What they decided may lead to higher drug prices for you and hundreds of millions around the world.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By Marina Bolotnikova | The Toledo Blade
    TOLEDO, Ohio -- Every Thursday night, CedarCreek Church in South Toledo becomes a bustling health clinic that serves the region’s uninsured population. Medical students in white coats take each patient’s vital signs, hear their complaints, and refer them to one of the clinic’s doctors.

  • Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    On this occasion honoring the anniversary of the birthday of Martin Luther King 86-years-ago, coinciding with the release of the movie Selma, it is fitting to recall his leadership on moral principles toward equity of health care in this country.

  • Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015
    By James Besante, MS4 | Common Dreams
    The King holiday was a sobering day of reflection, but it was also the crescendo to the very audible justice movement loosely organized under the banner Black Lives Matter.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015
    By W.T. Whitney Jr., M.D. | CounterPunch
    The U.S. split between a wealthy elite and the majority poor is old news. Yet as revelations surface as to who siphons off money for themselves and what happens to the impoverished many, the story continues. It gets into how governments deal with health care. In that regard, health care for children may serve as a marker for when government programs leave off serving the common good. The state of children’s health is like the proverbial “yellow canary” in a mine shaft whose death warned of toxic gas accumulation.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015
    By James Fieseher, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
    In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today
    WASHINGTON -- The lack of greater movement toward universal healthcare coverage -- especially a single-payer system -- in the U.S. can be boiled down to four letters: AFIG, according to Philip Caper, MD.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    By Sarah Ferris | The Hill
    More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.

  • Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015
    By Isaiah J. Poole | Campaign for America's Future
    A new study has put a price tag on how much more the United States pays in health care costs because it has chosen not to adopt a single-payer system: $375 billion.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | Health News Colorado
    The beginning of the new year seems a logical time to review the Affordable Care Act and to speculate on its future. In 2014, we saw the start of the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, the end of Vermont’s attempt to expand coverage beyond the ACA, and continued legal challenges aimed at killing the ACA piecemeal. What do all these portend for 2015?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    By Dan Mangan | CNBC
    And you thought your bills were out of control.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    By Sarah Kollmorgen | The New Republic
    Last summer, with Obamacare's initial troubles fading from view, The New Republic's Brian Beutler noted that certain problems with the healthcare overhaul won't ever go away because they're inherent to its architecture.

  • Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D.
    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Dec. 17, 2014, announcement that he would not press forward with Vermont’s Green Mountain Care (GMC) reform arose from political calculus rather than fiscal necessity. GMC had veered away from a true single payer design over the past three years, forfeiting some potential cost savings. Yet even the diluted plan on the table before Shumlin’s announcement would probably have lowered total health spending in Vermont, while covering all of the state’s uninsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin
    Has the tide of health care justice turned — in the wrong direction? Last month, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced that he could no longer “responsibly support” a funding plan for his long-awaited “single-payer” plan for the state. It wasn’t long before some on the Right claimed a historic victory.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D.
    After years of work to elect a favorable governor, pass legislation and implement it, the people of Vermont were recently spurned by Governor Peter Shumlin when he announced that the state would not go ahead with the health law as planned. This turn of events provides an important lens for examining what happened in the advocacy for health reform and what must be done now. The fight for universal healthcare has been going on for a century in the US and it is certainly not over because of Shumlin’s failure.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
    By Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell | USA Today
    Physician Praveen Arla is witnessing a reversal of health care fortunes: Poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally coming to his office for care. But middle-class workers are increasingly staying away.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
    PNHP note: The following opinion pieces are from three prominent figures in the health reform movement in Vermont.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Stan Gold | Sonoma County (Calif.) Gazette
    In the December issue of the Gazette, we pointed out that the U.S. is No. 1 in the world in health care costs (17.3 percent of our GDP), and that the U.S. health insurance industry is a barrier to the delivery of affordable, comprehensive, health care to the American people. We also noted that “Single Payer Health Care,” aka “Expanded, Improved, Medicare for All,” is a tried and tested solution to our health care problems. It has had many decades of successful performance in a large number of the world’s industrialized democracies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
    Gov. Peter Shumlin wanted to enact a single-payer system in Vermont, but it soon became clear to him that he could not do it without federal support. The comprehensive federal waivers that would be required, as well as lifting Employee Retirement Income Security Act restrictions, would not be forthcoming from Congress. Therefore the label “single payer” was removed from the legislation and the bill was completely rewritten.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Claudia Chaufan, M.D. | Labor Notes
    Supporters of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system in the U.S. were puzzled September 27 when Swiss voters rejected a reform proposal by 62 percent.

  • Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    It’s just a matter of time until Humana, Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare—all the private health insurers—will no longer exist as health insurance companies.

  • Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014
    By Scott Goldberg | Chicago Sun-Times
    On December 10, medical students at more than 70 schools across the country held “white coat die-ins” in response to the lack of indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
    By Pat Bradley | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermonters he would stop his efforts to implement single-payer health care in the state. The decision has upset supporters, but they say it won’t stop efforts at the state or national level to implement single-payer.

  • Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014
    By Dave Dvorak, M.D., M.P.H. | Minnesota / ACEP Newsletter
    As emergency physicians, we have chosen to work in a setting that treats all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver more uncompensated care than any other specialty. Whether you see this as honorable or unfair, it is emblematic of a long broken system.

  • Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014
    By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    Private insurance companies have conned us once again. It wasn’t long ago that many folks were pleased with a new insurance regulation that required private insurers to cover pre-existing medical conditions. People said it was the moral thing to do. It was also self-protective, since almost all of us will develop a chronic medical condition at some point in our lives.

  • Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    When I was a kid, I liked to play a game called “connect the dots” where I connected a series of numbered and apparently unrelated dots to reveal a picture of a person, animal or object. I still enjoy connecting dots, but now I do it with apparently unrelated observations and try and understand the picture they reveal. Here are several dots I have observed lately.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014
    By Sarah Wheaton | Politico
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    By Irina Ivanova | Crain's New York Business
    The Affordable Care Act has made an unwieldy system of health insurance even more complicated, and should be replaced with a centralized, tax-funded health care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    By Hannah Keppler | AMSA On Call blog
    Last Wednesday, thousands of students at more than 70 medical schools across the country staged “white-coat die-ins” to make a statement about racial injustice, including as it manifests itself in our health care system.

  • Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | Troy Media (Calgary, AB, Canada)
    In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork.

  • Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014
    By Henry Davis | Buffalo News
    One patient went overseas for an operation to avoid paying high out-of-pocket costs here.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    By Lilly Workneh | The Huffington Post
    Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    By Christy Duan |
    In the pediatrics playroom, the medical team and I, a medical student, hunkered down in child-sized chairs to review patient progress notes. A television screen nearby diverted my attention. On CNN, video of protesters alternated with Eric Garner’s final moments. The television was mute, but I could hear Garner say, “I can’t breathe …I can’t breathe …” One moment, he is alive. The next, he is dead. The video loops again. One moment, he is alive. The next, he is dead.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Tribune
    Some of the newly insured have joined the ranks of those who can't afford to use their health coverage because their out-of-pocket costs are so high. This is an inevitable problem in a system in which people's total costs -- premiums plus deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and non-covered expenses -- are related poorly if at all to what they have left after paying for food, housing, utilities, transportation and other necessities.

  • Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014
    By Jeanne Lenzer | BMJ
    About one year since the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange program, the overwhelming majority of the 48 million people who were uninsured in 2012, remain uninsured — a problem that will persist for the next 10 years, according to government projections. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 37 million people will not have health insurance in 2015 and 31 million will be uninsured in 2024.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014
    By Jeoffry B. Gordon, M.D., M.P.H.
    It is now five years since the ACA came into being and one year since it started financing patient care. Thus it is an excellent time to review its inadequacies from a health policy point of view.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014
    By Lisa Rathke | The Times Argus (Barre & Montpelier, Vt.)
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Supporters of a plan to make Vermont the first state in the country to enact a single-payer health care system urged Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Legislature on Tuesday to move forward with the overhaul, despite Shumlin’s close call in the November election.

  • Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014
    By Aaron E. Carroll, MD | The New York Times
    The Affordable Care Act, like most health care reform efforts, focuses on people without insurance. That’s fine, because those people do face significant problems obtaining health care in the United States. But underinsurance is a real concern, too, and it’s often ignored.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    By Michael Lighty | Healthcare-Now
    Below is testimony from Michael Lighty, director of public policy for National Nurses United, to the California Assembly Health Committee regarding Ebola preparedness in a fragmented health care system with cost-barriers to care and declining investment in public health.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    By Donald M. Berwick, M.D.
    The following is an unofficial transcript of the remarks delivered by Dr. Donald Berwick to the Annual Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program on Nov. 15, 2014, in New Orleans. Dr. Berwick spoke to the assembly via live video.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders
    One year after health insurance markets were opened to the public, Politico asked “some of the country's smartest health-care thinkers” what Obamacare hasn't fixed in the American health care system and what we can do now. Sen. Bernie Sanders shared his idea for a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system:

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    I was at a restaurant in Boston, sitting next to some high-powered business professionals. I heard words like “hospital network,” “insurance” and “pay structure” coming from their table, so I had to eavesdrop.