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
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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Newswire article
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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Newswire article
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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Newswire article
Monday, March 26, 2012
Health Law, Constitutional or No, Fails to Remedy Ailment: Doctors Group
Leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 18,000 doctors who advocate for single-payer national health insurance, released the following statement today:
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Newswire article
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Mass. Health Reform’s Impact Augurs Poorly for Federal Health Law: New Report
While the Massachusetts health care reform in 2006 reduced the number of people who are uninsured in the state by about half, it did so at a high price and is unsustainable over the long haul because of skyrocketing costs, a group of Boston-area physicians and researchers say in a new report released today. The results do not augur well for the similarly structured Affordable Care Act, they say.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Uninsured Patients in Massachusetts Still Predominantly the Working Poor, Despite State’s Health Reform
Despite the implementation of the Massachusetts health care reform designed to bolster employer-based insurance and to provide no-cost or low-cost insurance to those unable to afford it, the uninsured in Massachusetts remain predominantly the working poor, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School just published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Number of Uninsured Climbs to Highest Figure Since Passage of Medicare, Medicaid
Official estimates by the Census Bureau showing an increase of about 1 million in the number of Americans without health insurance in 2010 – to a 35-year high of 49.9 million persons, or 16.3 percent of the population, under the bureau’s revised calculation method – underscore the urgency of going beyond the Obama administration’s federal health law and swiftly implementing a single-payer, improved Medicare-for-all program, spokespersons for Physicians for a National Health Program said today.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Most Medical Schools Offer Students Poor Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, Imperiling Student and Patient Care: Harvard Study
Most U.S. medical schools offer their students poor health insurance coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders, a practice that imperils the well-being of our nation’s future doctors and their patients, a group of Boston-area researchers report in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, today.
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Newswire article
Friday, August 05, 2011
Physicians Group: Debt Deal Threatens Health of Seniors and Disabled
The New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), an 18,000-member national organization, denounces the federal debt ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday. “Politicians who say Medicare and Social Security are spared cuts are not being honest,” said Dr. Oliver Fein, Chair of PNHP-NY Metro. “Plans to cut these vital programs are simply being delayed until later in the year. Balancing the books by cutting programs that help the sick and the elderly is unconscionable.”
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Newswire article
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
‘Medicare for All’ Supporters to Protest Outside Health Insurers’ Convention Thursday
Hundreds of activists are expected to rally outside the Moscone Convention Center West complex on June 16 to protest what they call the outmoded and harmful role of private insurance companies in U.S. health care and to offer an alternative solution: a publicly financed single-payer system, otherwise known as “an improved Medicare for all.”
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