Heartland Healthcare for All
Dr. Sharon Lee is the Director of Family Health Care in Kansas City, Kansas. She earned her M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982. After completing her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, Truman Medical Center, Dr. Lee founded Family Health Care and other initiatives in Kansas City to serve the poor. There she currently provides not only general Family Medicine care to her community, but has also specialized in HIV medicine and provides care for over 500 individuals with HIV disease. In 1993, Dr. Lee returned to the University of Kansas and is now an Associate Clinical Professor. Dr. Lee speaks nationally on topics including women’s health, substance abuse, HIV disease, medical homes and medical care for the poor. She has received several awards for her clinical and humanitarian work.
Kansas State News
By Mark A. Krehbiel, M.D. | Salina Journal
A single-payer system or Medicare for all would achieve truly universal care, affordability and effective cost controls. By taking private insurance companies and administrators out of the equation, it is estimated we would save $400 billion (that is with a “B”) annually.
By Alan Bavley | The Kansas City Star
Dr. Joshua Freeman isn’t shy about what he thinks we need: A single-payer, Canadian-style system covering everyone. Freeman recently gave me an advance copy of his new book, “Health, Medicine and Justice: Designing a Fair and Equitable Healthcare System,” laying out his arguments.
By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. | Wichita (Kan.) Eagle
It is clear that a for-profit system raises costs and does not improve care. Additional examples abound, including a drug to treat cystic fibrosis patients that costs $300,000 per year – justified by the pharmaceutical company based on its benefits, not the cost of development or manufacturing. Following this logic, the surgeon who operates on you for acute appendicitis might claim half of your future earnings for saving your life.
By Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. | The Salina (Kan.) Journal
Affordable, accessible health care for all is not a dream but can be a reality, according to David Kingsley, who represents Physicians for a National Health Plan.
By George Dyck, M.D. | The Wichita Eagle
As we still hear about confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act, I think about how different it is in Canada. I go there to work in the summer and see how much simpler things can be for the person who needs medical care.
By Bill Roy | The Topeka Capital-Journal Americans don’t have to suffocate themselves with wasteful health care spending that does not do the job. The system I describe below would save Americans nearly $1 trillion annually. Budgets from households to governments could be balanced. And, oh, it is so simple and sure!
By Margaret Flowers | The Wichita Eagle
When compared with health care in other advanced nations, the United States excels in only one area — the amount of money spent per capita annually. Despite our high spending, we leave about a third of our population either uncovered or underinsured and thus vulnerable to unneeded suffering and medical bankruptcy.
By Deb Gruver | The Wichita Eagle
Margaret Flowers tired of insurance companies telling her how long her young patients could stay in the hospital or what she could prescribe to make them feel better. The Maryland pediatrician eventually left her private practice and is now the congressional fellow of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates a Medicare-like approach to health care for everyone.
ALICE POWELL | Letters | The Witchita Eagle
Kudos to a Wichita physician for speaking out for the need and benefits of Medicare. His analysis of how "the current government-controlled, single-payer, 2 percent overhead system is preferable to a voucher system that turns seniors over to the vagaries of the private, for-profit insurance industry" helps us understand the improvements and the deficiencies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Bill Roy | Topeka Capital-Journal
Some claim universal medical care would open the floodgates of use and cost of medical care, and the government would soon be in the business of overtly rationing care. That's pretty frightening unless we look objectively at how we are now rationing medical care, and how badly our results compare with nations with universal coverage.
By Bill Roy | Topeka Capital-Journal
[P]ressure is building. Some day shifting public opinion and looming personal, business, state and federal bankruptcies will make elected officials consider a single payer-universal care system, which, in one form or another, has been adopted by every other industrial democracy, many of which have healthier populations that live longer. All spend substantially less.
IRA STAMM | Letters to the Editor | The Capital-Journal (Kansas)
The plan is a single-payer plan and involves the state becoming the insurance company for all Kansans. It is a given that many Kansans, including myself, have reservations about turning something as important as health care over to the government. At the same time, government protects our citizens and fights our wars. It builds our highways and provides subsidies to farmers to ensure a steady supply of food. Why should health care be singled out as the one area where government shouldn't be a partner?