Philip Caper

Physician Philip Caper of Brooklin, Maine is a founding board member of Maine AllCare, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group committed to making health care in Maine universal, accessible and affordable for all, and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program.

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Making every veteran eligible for Medicare would provide them with more choice of doctors, hospitals and other providers, and relieve some of the short- and long-term pressure on the VA. (Photo: Public domain) Views
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:30am
Expand Medicare to Serve All Veterans
The problem of long wait times for veterans seeking care at some (but not all) Veterans Health Administration facilities has been front-page news for the past several weeks, and seems to be resulting in an unusually prompt response from a normally gridlocked Congress. The wait times and the...
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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 12:46pm
With Hippocratic Oath, Doctors Pledge Allegiance to Patients, Not Profits
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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 9:54am
Love It or Hate It, Obamacare’s Spurring Interest in the Pathology of Health Care
Love it or hate it, even if ObamaCare never fully achieves its intended benefits, it has already had some unintended ones. First, it has destabilized our deeply dysfunctional health-care system. By doing so, the law has created a real opportunity to fundamentally restructure the way we finance and deliver health care.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 1:07pm
Americans Are Paying for Health Care with More Than Money
Americans now spend close to $3 trillion a year for health care, around 18 percent of our GDP. That works out to almost $9,000 per person in Maine, almost twice as much per person as the average for other wealthy nations that provide health care for all their people.
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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:10am
Obamacare's Problems Run Deeper Than Glitchy Website, Cancellation Notices
Serious problems with the websites created by the Affordable Care Act continue, and probably will for a long time. Although frantic efforts at incrementally improving them are being made by the Obama administration, and some sites are working better than others, they are a long way from working well.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 9:46am
Health Care Spending: A 21st Century Gold Rush
Winston Churchill once remarked, “Americans will always do the right thing, once they’ve exhausted all alternatives.” His observation, at least the second half of it, is proving itself as we continue to struggle with our health care system, especially its out-of-control costs that are crippling the budgets of businesses and government alike.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 2:34pm
Deja-vu All Over Again: A Chance to Lead
About a year ago, facing a budgetary shortfall, the Maine legislature had a knock-down, drag out fight over Governor LePage’s proposal to attempt to save $250 million by throwing 65,000 Maine residents off MaineCare.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:50am
Let the Buyer Beware in a Free-Market Health Care System
For the past 30 years or so, a debate about the proper place for competition vs. regulation in our health care system has raged. That debate has now become a central theme in the 2012 presidential race. Democrats favor a regulated system while Republicans favor a more market-driven system, nationally and in Maine.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 9:46am
Poorer Nations Push for Universal Health Coverage as U.S. Squabbles
A few weeks ago, an article by Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times caught my eye. It was titled “Global Push to Guarantee Health Coverage Leaves U.S.
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Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:51am
Do We Need Health Insurance?
Do Americans need health insurance? The short answer is no — at least not in the form it currently exists in America. It is true that in many wealthy countries private insurance companies are used in the financing of universal health care systems. But they are nothing like American companies. They are regulated public utilities and are told by their governments who to insure, what to cover and how much and when to pay. Most are prohibited from making a profit and are required to pay any willing provider. Not exactly the American model.
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