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, 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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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Harvard Study Finds Nearly 45,000 Excess Deaths Annually Linked to Lack of Health Coverage
A study published online today] estimates nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002. The new study, "Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults," appears in today's online edition of the American Journal of Public Health.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
New Uninsured Figures Show Massachusetts, Touted as Model for National Reform, Is Failing to Cover the Uninsured
Official estimates released this morning by the Census Bureau showing a marginal increase in the number of Americans without health insurance in 2008 - now estimated at 46.3 million, up from 45.7 million in 2007 - masks the true dimensions of the problem, a national doctors' group said.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
New Harvard Study Reveals That Taxing Job-Based Health Benefits Would Hit Working Families Hardest
As the debate over health care reform continues to unfold in town hall meetings and on Capitol Hill, a new study by two Harvard researchers has found that taxing job-based health benefits would heavily penalize insured, working families. The study, titled "The regressivity of taxing employer-paid health insurance," appears in the August 19 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was written by Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, professors at Harvard Medical School and primary care doctors at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Nonprofit Nursing Homes Provide Better Care, Major Study Finds
A major new statistical review of 82 individual research studies has revealed that nonprofit nursing homes deliver, on average, higher quality care than for-profit nursing homes. The findings could have a bearing on the present debate about the role of for-profit firms in U.S. health reform.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
New Poll Shows Canadians Overwhelmingly Support Public Health Care
In a last-ditch effort to convince Canadians that their public health care system should be privatized, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President Robert Ouellet has promised to “pull out all the stops” during the association’s annual meeting next week. Trouble is, Ouellet’s mission to lead the change to privatization is exactly the opposite of what 86 percent of Canadians want.
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