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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Friday, January 08, 2010
As Probation Ends for 'Baucus 8,' Group Vows to Press for Single-Payer Health Reform
Members of the “Baucus 8,” a group of doctors and health advocates who were arrested at a Senate Finance Committee meeting last May for standing up and asking why single-payer proponents were not being allowed to testify, appeared at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse today for their final hearing following six months of probation and, for three of them, 40 hours of community service.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Pro-Single-Payer Physicians Call for Defeat of Senate Health Bill
A national organization of 17,000 physicians who favor a single-payer health care system called on the U.S. Senate today to defeat the health care legislation presently before it and to immediately consider the adoption of an expanded and improved Medicare-for-All program. While noting that the Senate bill includes some “salutary provisions” like an expansion of Medicaid, increased funding for community clinics and the curbing of some of the worst practices of the private insurance industry, the group says the negatives in the bill outweigh the positives.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
‘Medicare Buy-In’ Is Really a Subsidy to Private Insurers: Harvard Professor
The Senate proposal to allow uninsured people over age 55 an opportunity to buy into Medicare constitutes yet another government subsidy to the private health insurance industry, a leading health policy analyst and single-payer advocate says.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Projections of Savings from Health IT are Baseless, Harvard Researchers Say
The increased computerization in U.S. hospitals hasn't made them cheaper or more efficient, Harvard researchers say, although it may have modestly improved the quality of care for heart attacks. The findings, published in today's [Friday's] online edition of The American Journal of Medicine, contradict claims by President Obama and many lawmakers that health information technology (health IT), including electronic medical records, will save billions and help make reform affordable.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Massachusetts Physicians say Reform in Their State is No Model for The Nation
In a half-page advertisement appearing in Wednesday's (tomorrow's) Boston Globe, 196 Massachusetts physicians and physicians-in-training call the state's 2006 health reform plan "bad medicine" and warn against adopting the state's plan nationwide. The health bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is closely modeled after the Massachusetts reform.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Over 2,200 Veterans Died in 2008 Due to Lack of Health Insurance
A research team at Harvard Medical School estimates 2,266 U.S. military veterans under the age of 65 died last year because they lacked health insurance and thus had reduced access to care. That figure is more than 14 times the number of deaths (155) suffered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2008, and more than twice as many as have died (911 as of Oct.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Illness Often Undiscovered and Undertreated Among the Uninsured
A new study shows uninsured American adults with chronic illnesses like diabetes or high cholesterol often go undiagnosed and undertreated, leading to an increased risk of costly, disabling and even lethal complications of their disease.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Senate Finance Bill is No Solution to Health Care Crisis
Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program ( www.pnhp.org ), made the following statement today: “The Senate Finance Committee bill, which passed this afternoon in committee, preserves all the systemic deficiencies that we see in our present health care financing model. It maintains a system that is based on private insurance and for-profit, private insurers. It therefore cannot and will not provide truly universal, comprehensive and affordable care.
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Monday, October 05, 2009
Single-Payer Advocate Joins Doctors' Meeting at White House
Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an emergency room physician and prominent advocate for a single-payer, Medicare-for-All health program, was unexpectedly admitted to a meeting of about 150 physicians with President Obama today.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Doctors' Group Slams Senate Finance Committee Vote on Public Option
Earlier today the Senate Finance Committee rejected any public option component to a health reform bill. The following statement may be attributed to Dr. Quentin Young , National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program .
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