Hospital Refuses Procedure, Prescribes ‘Fundraising Effort’ for Heart Transplant

Hospital Refuses Procedure, Prescribes 'Fundraising Effort' for Heart Transplant
By Jack Crosbie for Splinter News Here is an American story. Hedda Martin needs a heart transplant. She applied for a heart transplant. Shortly before Thanksgiving, the Spectrum Health Richard Devos Heart and Lung Transplant Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, got back to her to say that she could not have a heart transplant, because ...

Medicare for All Turned Out to Be a Winning Issue in the Midterms

Medicare for All Turned Out to Be a Winning Issue in the Midterms
Or at least it wasn’t toxic in the swing districts where progressives pulled off crucial wins. NOTE: This analysis is important to be aware of as we push more lawmakers and candidates to support National Improved Medicare for All. By Josh Voorhees for Slate The further we get from Election Day, the drastically better the ...

Practicing Medicine While Black

Practicing Medicine While Black
By Kip Sullivan, JD for The Health Care Blog The managed care movement thrives on misleading words and phrases. Perhaps the worst example is the incessant use of the word “quality” to characterize a problem that has multiple causes, only one of which might be inferior physician or hospital quality. [1] To illustrate with a ...

Doctor: National health care is a ‘moral imperative’

Doctor: National health care is a 'moral imperative'
By Jenny Gray for Fulton Sun This week, Dr. Robert Blake, emeritus professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, remembered a patient who died, but possibly could have lived a longer life. “He was a farmer and had high blood pressure,” Blake said. The farmer had an insurance policy with a ...

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs
By Alia Paavola for Becker’s Hospital Review A new report from the New England Journal of Medicine-Catalysts about trends in payer-provider integration suggests that the industry is warming up to single-payer — with 61 percent of hospital leaders saying single-payer would boost the industry’s efforts to lower costs and provide better care. For its report, ...

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too
By Emma Ockerman for Vice News It’s not just Sen. Bernie Sanders fanatics and DSA darlings pulling for expanding Medicare and developing a single-payer system. Apparently, some Republicans want it too. That’s according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found 51.9 percent of Republicans would embrace a Medicare-for-All policy, out of the 2,989 people who ...

Once Its Greatest Foes, Some Doctors Are Now Embracing Single-Payer

Once Its Greatest Foes, Some Doctors Are Now Embracing Single-Payer
By Shefali Luthra for Kaiser Health News When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change. Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long ...

Faith community must embrace single-payer health system

Faith community must embrace single-payer health system
NOTE: This article calls for faith communities to advocate for a national single payer healthcare system. If you are part of a faith community, perhaps you can organize your community to hold educational events about single payer health care. If you need help getting started, contact us at info@healthoverprofit.org. By Fran Quigley for National Catholic ...

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need
Letter to the Editor by Quinn Golden in Concord Monitor Our for-profit health care system is a national embarrassment. In health care, the same level of care should be provided to everyone regardless of income, social status, race, etc. Our current system of health care is not equitable. It is clear that our economically disadvantaged ...

Our health care system is killing us

Our health care system is killing us
By Jennifer Perkins, MD for Juneau Empire   How much longer are we going to tolerate incremental approaches to fix a broken health care system that feeds off disease and profits on the sick? Extremely high health care costs have become so common place that we rarely question them. News headlines flash “Plan to control ...