According to the US Census, 33 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2014.
Today, the American Journal of Public Health published physicians’ call for sweeping single-payer reform. The detailed proposal (Physicians' Proposal) was signed by more than 2,200 doctors from across the United States.
The aim of the Physicians’ Proposal is to remove all financial barriers to medical care. The proposed plan would save enough on administrative overhead to provide comprehensive coverage to the uninsured and to upgrade coverage for everyone else, thus requiring no increase in total health spending. In addition, it would put in place effective mechanisms to control costs, lowering the rate of medical inflation and making the health system sustainable for future generations.
We are fortunate to have a single-payer, publicly-funded health care system in Canada. Canadian Doctors for Medicare strongly supports Physicians for a National Health Program's ongoing efforts to ensure that Americans receive quality health care based on need not wealth.
More information about the Physicians’ Proposal is offered in an editorial in the June 2016 American Journal of Public Health, “Moving Forward from the Affordable Care Act to a Single-Payer System” by Drs. Adam Gaffney, Steffie Woolhandler, Marcia Angell, and David Himmelstein.