Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 21,000 members and chapters across the United States.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Health Law Hasn't Cut Insurers' Rate of Overhead Spending: Study
Despite claims by the Obama administration that the Affordable Care Act will reduce health insurance companies’ spending on overhead, thereby channeling a greater share of consumers’ premium dollars into actual patient care, insurers’ financial filings show the law had no impact on the percentage...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Health Law’s Complexity Invites Attack, Even As It Fails to Cure Ailment: Doctors Group
Latest legal challenge threatens to add more than 8 million people to the ranks of the tens of millions who are currently uninsured, leading to an additional 8,000 ‘excess deaths’ annually linked to lack of insurance ‘This case is yet another reason to swiftly move beyond the failing ACA to a...
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Doctors Group Hails Reintroduction Of Medicare-For-All Bill
A national physicians group today hailed the reintroduction of a federal bill that would upgrade the Medicare program and swiftly expand it to cover the entire population. The “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” H.R. 676 , introduced last night by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., with 44...
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
For-Profit Home Care Agencies Cost Medicare Billions Extra, Yet Provide Worse Care: Health Affairs Study
For-profit home health agencies are far costlier for Medicare than nonprofit agencies, according to a nationwide study published today in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs . Overall cost per patient was $1,215 higher at for-profits, with operating costs accounting for $752 of the...
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Newswire article
Thursday, January 30, 2014
More Than 7,100 Deaths Likely from States' Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: Health Affairs Blog
The decision by 25 states to reject the expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act will result in between 7,115 and 17,104 more deaths than had all states opted in, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York.
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Oncologists Call for Single Payer in Leading Cancer Journal
A feature article published this week in the Journal of Oncology Practice contains an evidence-based appeal by two oncologists, including a past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), for their colleagues to endorse a single-payer health system. The authors are Dr. Ray Drasga, a longtime community-based oncologist who founded a free clinic in his own community of Crown Point, Ind., and Dr. Lawrence Einhorn, a distinguished professor of medicine at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.
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Thursday, January 02, 2014
Medicare’s 1966 Glitch-Free Rollout a Sharp Contrast with Obamacare: Health Affairs Blog
An article published today at the Health Affairs blog compares the costly and chaotic rollout the Affordable Care Act to the efficient 1966 implementation of Medicare. It finds that the ACA’s launch will cost almost seven times as much as Medicare’s.
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Newswire article
Monday, December 30, 2013
Minority Physicians Care for a Majority of Underserved Patients in the U.S.
Black, Hispanic and Asian physicians play an outsized role in the care of disadvantaged patients nationally. Patients who have low incomes, are from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, have Medicaid insurance, or who do not speak English – groups that historically have difficulty in accessing medical care – are substantially more likely to receive their care from a minority physician, according to a new study appearing online in today’s [Dec. 30] issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
‘Stronger Medicine than Obamacare Needed to End Uninsured Crisis’: Health Expert
Today’s Census Bureau’s official estimate that 48 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2012 means approximately 48,000 people died needlessly last year because they couldn’t get access to timely and appropriate care, a prominent health researcher, Dr. David Himmelstein, said today. And contrary to many people’s expectations, the number of unprotected Americans will drop by only half when Obamacare is fully implemented – even if all the as yet undecided states were to opt-in to the law’s Medicaid expansion, he said.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
‘Medicare for All’ Would Cover Everyone, Save Billions in First Year: New Study
Upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield more than a half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings in its first year of operation, enough to pay for high-quality, comprehensive health benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses. That’s the chief finding of a new fiscal study by Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There would even be money left over to help pay down the national debt, he said.
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