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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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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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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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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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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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Rise of For-Profit Hospice Industry Raises Troubling Questions, New Study Says
A new survey of hospice care in the United States says that the rapidly growing role of for-profit companies in providing end-of-life care for terminally ill patients raises serious concerns about whose interests are being served under such a commercial arrangement: those of shareholders or those of dying patients and their loved ones.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Doctors’ Group Greets Single-Payer Health Bill in Senate
A national doctors’ group welcomed the introduction in the Senate today of a single-payer health reform bill that it said moves in the direction of providing comprehensive care to everyone, reducing wasteful paperwork, reining in health costs, and delivering better medical outcomes. This morning Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced the introduction of the American Health Security Act of 2011, S. 915, in the U.S. Senate. Significantly, at Sanders’ side for the announcement was Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, among others.
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Thursday, April 07, 2011
Vermont Health Bill Mislabeled ‘Single Payer’: Doctors’ Group
The following statement was released today by the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program. Health reform legislation initiated by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was recently passed by that state’s House of Representatives and awaits action in the Senate. Many journalists and commentators have portrayed this bill as fully embracing the single-payer approach to reform. We write to clarify the views of Physicians for a National Health Program on the Vermont legislation.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Med Students to Rally at Vermont Statehouse for Single-Payer Health System Saturday
Buses, vans and carloads filled with health-professional students from Vermont and neighboring states will roll into town this Saturday, March 26, for a 1 p.m. EDT rally at the Statehouse aimed at showing student support for a single-payer health system. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., both of whom have been outspoken advocates of single-payer reform, are scheduled to speak at the rally.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
More Than 200 Doctors Contemplate Moving to Vermont if it Adopts Single-Payer Health System
A local affiliate of a national physicians’ group says it has collected the names of more than 200 doctors from 39 states and the District of Columbia who say they would seriously consider moving to Vermont if it were to adopt a publicly financed, single-payer health care system. Many of the doctors are primary care physicians, who are in great demand in the state.
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