Single-Payer System Would Be More Effective in Managing Pandemics

Single-Payer System Would Be More Effective in Managing Pandemics
Interview via Between the Lines Since first being identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the coronavirus, COVID-19 has spread quickly around the world, hitting the nations of South Korea, Italy and Iran the hardest. As of March 10, more than 113,000 people have reportedly contracted the virus and 4,000 have died worldwide. In the ...

Surprise medical bills, coronavirus and bad insurance: 3 arguments for Medicare for All

Surprise medical bills, coronavirus and bad insurance: 3 arguments for Medicare for All
By Philip A. Verhoef for USA Today Congress is grappling with the problem of surprise medical bills, but will its Band-Aid approaches make a difference? As a physician, I’m trained to look beyond superficial symptoms to diagnose the underlying ailment. When patients pay thousands of dollars each year for “good” private insurance, how does a health care ...

We need strong public health care to contain the global corona pandemic

We need strong public health care to contain the global corona pandemic
By Wim De Ceukelaire and Chiara Bodini for Viva Salud The corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak has spread from China to over a hundred countries in less than two months. As of March 10th, confirmed cases were above 100.000 and deaths over 4.000. Now is the time to take stock and to assess the responses of ...

Looming Coronavirus Threat in US Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave

Looming Coronavirus Threat in US Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave
“Doubters may claim that our nation can’t afford Medicare for All, but it’s increasingly likely that we are about to discover just how costly our current system really is.” By Julia Conley for Common Dreams The global coronavirus outbreak which also threatens the United States—and the widely criticized effort by the Trump administration to address ...