South Carolina Information
PNHP Chapter: Health Care for All - South Carolina
David Ball, RN
David Ball serves as the South Carolina chapter’s liaison with the national office. He received his Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Florida. He did an internship at the Gainesville VA Medical Center (SICU) and an externship at Johns Hopkins (Leukemia). He holds a degree in management from Antioch University and a master’s in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). During his 20-plus years in nursing, he has practiced in critical care, emergency medicine, med/surg and federal occupational health. He is currently completing Air War College as a Reserve officer in the Air Force where he holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. His most recent deployment (Jan-May 2012) was as director of operations for aeromedical evacuation at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
David Keely, M.D.
Dr. David Keely is president of Health Care for All-South Carolina. He is semi-retired as a public health policy educator and physician epidemiologist with Primary Care Medicine and Public Health Synergy, his part-time consulting business. He grew up in Philadelphia and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his medical degree from Wake Forest University. He did his family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and later he did the MPH program at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. He has practiced family medicine for more than 30 years in multiple settings: in private practice, at a community health center, and as part of a health department. David was the full-time, three-county, public health district director for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control for eight years. He also served in the National Health Service Corps for two years along the way.
South Carolina State News
By Charles Bensonhaver, M.D. | The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), Letters, Sept. 25, 2016
In a Sept. 21 letter to the editor titled “Health care slide,” the writer advances the notion that more government intervention will result in deterioration of our health care. I disagree. What we need is the right kind of government intervention.
By Charles Bensonhaver, M.D. | The Post and Courier
I wish the media would do a much better job of shedding light on the major problems we have in our country in how we organize and finance health care. For more than two decades, we have been plodding along on the theory that patients should have “skin in the game” and that we should rely on competition and the free enterprise system to control costs.
By Emilio Perez-Jorge, M.D. | The State (Columbia, S.C.)
You may have heard of the recent tense negotiations of a business agreement between the Lexington Medical Center system and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
By David Ball, RN, MHA | The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
Today is Medicare's 49th anniversary, having become law in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Before 1965, as many elderly became sick but too old to work, they simply became impoverished and died.
By Jamie Self | The State (Columbia, S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Protesters calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act -- and to stop trying to impede the law in South Carolina -- blocked a driveway into the State House parking garage for the second week in a row.
By Jonathan Allen | Mount Pleasant Patch
While one of the contentious issues in the presidential race will be whether to repeal Obamacare, a growing number of medical professionals is calling for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all approach instead. David Ball, a nurse at MUSC, is the S.C. Coordinator for the newly formed South Carolina Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a group that has advocated a single-payer health care system for more than 25 years.