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

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
30 Million to Remain Uninsured Under Obamacare: New State-by-State Estimates at Health Affairs Blog
A study released today on the Health Affairs blog finds that between 29.8 million and 31.0 million people will remain uninsured after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2016 and breaks down those figures by state. The research team from Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York School of Public Health projects that the demographic composition of today’s uninsured population will change little under Obamacare.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Immigrants Heavily Subsidize Medicare’s Trust Fund: Health Affairs Study
Immigrants, particularly noncitizens, pay billions more into Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund than they withdraw in health benefits each year, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and Hunter College School of Public Health. The study is being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, and will also appear in the journal’s June issue.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Insured But Unable to Afford Health Care
In an editorial responding to a new study on skimpy health insurance among low-income, insured Americans, two policy experts review extensive data showing that tens of millions of insured Americans have grossly inadequate coverage, and that the problem of underinsurance is growing. The editorial in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) was approved by the journal's editors for publication on today's date and will appear on its website next week.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Study Reveals Austerity’s Harmful Impact on Health in Greece
In one of the most detailed studies of its kind, a team of Greek and U.S. researchers have vividly chronicled the harmful public health impacts of the economic austerity measures imposed on Greece’s population in the wake of the global economic crisis. Writing in today’s [Thursday, April 18] American Journal of Public Health, the researchers cite data showing the economic recession and subsequent austerity policies in Greece have led to a sharp deterioration of health services and health outcomes.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Setting the Record Straight on Medicare’s Overhead Costs: New Study
The traditional Medicare program allocates only 1 percent of total spending to overhead compared with 6 percent when the privatized portion of Medicare, known as Medicare Advantage, is included, according to a study in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
National 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.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Financial Incentives May Sap Motivation, Undermine Quality: Health Affairs Article
A leading authority on behavioral economics has teamed up with two health policy experts in an article at the Health Affairs blog to argue that pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes in medicine may do more harm than good by “crowding out” altruism and other intrinsic motivations to do a good job.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Private Insurers Have Cost Medicare $282.6 Billion in Excess Payments Since 1985
In the first study of its kind, a group of health policy experts has determined the amount of money that Medicare has overpaid private insurance companies under the Medicare Advantage program and its predecessors over the past 27 years and come up with a startling figure: $282.6 billion in excess payments, most of them over the past eight years. That’s wasted money that should have been spent on improving patient care, shoring up Medicare’s trust fund or reducing the federal deficit, the researchers say.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Despite Slight Drop in Uninsured, Last Year’s Figure Points to 48,000 Preventable Deaths: Health Expert
The Census Bureau’s official estimate that 48.6 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2011 means approximately 48,000 people died needlessly last year because they couldn’t get access to timely and appropriate care, a health policy expert said today.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
‘Health Law Upheld, but Health Needs Still Unmet’: National Doctors Group
The following statement was released today by leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program ( www.pnhp.org ). Their signatures appear below.
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