A US-inspired reorganisation is about to hit England’s NHS – ‘help us stop it’

A US-inspired reorganisation is about to hit England's NHS – 'help us stop it'
NHS plans due to take effect next spring could make general healthcare as difficult to access as mental healthcare already is – and lock future governments into long contracts with private firms, warn campaigners. By Jenny Shepherd for Open Democracy Members of the public, NHS campaign groups and trade unions are acting to stop NHS ...

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 ...

The time for single-payer system is now

The time for single-payer system is now
By Chuck Pezeshki for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News I read in the Daily News (“Old Peking owner retired, but grateful,” Sept. 1) with a fair amount of chagrin about the closing of the Old Peking Restaurant in Moscow. The owner, Vinh “Sam” Huy Tran, is being forced by health reasons to close his operation of ...

Why Doctors Are Warming to Medicare for All

Why Doctors Are Warming to Medicare for All
Burnout, cynicism, and endless insurance red tape. As America’s private health care system crumbles, doctors are waking up to the need for Medicare for All. By Meagan Day for Jacobin According to a poll earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of American physicians say that single-payer is the best ...

Private Insurance Companies Don’t Care About the Elderly

Private Insurance Companies Don’t Care About the Elderly
NOTE: The author, Joel Dodge, seems to be unaware of HR 676, which includes long term care. Still, he makes a good argument for including long tern care coverage in our single payer healthcare system. This is why we must continue to advocate loudly for its inclusion and protect the integrity of HR 676. – ...

The No-Brainer Case for Universal Long-Term Care

The No-Brainer Case for Universal Long-Term Care
By Joel Dodge for People’s Policy Project Progressives have increasingly coalesced around a single-payer Medicare-for-All system as the goal for American healthcare. There is one piece of our healthcare system in particular where single-payer is the undeniably obvious solution: long-term care. Long-term care encompasses everything from nursing homes to home health aides to rehabilitation for ...

Government Healthcare Is Saving My Mum’s Life

Government Healthcare Is Saving My Mum's Life
By Libby Watson for Splinter My mother has lung cancer. At the end of last year, she began feeling breathless and tired, struggling with walks around the village I grew up in; in March, we found out a tumor was to blame. When she was diagnosed, I found myself constantly writing about it in my ...

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 ...

Single-Payer System Is the Solution for Mental Health Care, Panelists Say

Single-Payer System Is the Solution for Mental Health Care, Panelists Say
By Kelly Davio for The American Journal of Managed Care In a discussion during the American Psychiatric Association 2018 Annual Meeting, held in New York, New York, a panel of psychiatrists argued that private insurance is failing patients with mental health disorders, and that a single-payer system would provide better access and better care for ...

Single-payer: Healthcare 10 times better than you ever dreamed of

Single-payer: Healthcare 10 times better than you ever dreamed of
By Chris Graham for Augusta Free Press I’m not here to give you chapter, verse and footnotes on single-payer, why we need to join the rest of the industrialized world in making access to healthcare a basic human right. You don’t need the data to tell you what’s right. If you’re of the mindset that ...