Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is ‘morally wrong’

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is 'morally wrong'
Exclusive: Former UN secretary general accuses ‘powerful’ health interests in the US of blocking universal healthcare By Jessica Glenza for The Guardian The former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has denounced the United States’ healthcare system as politically and morally wrong, and urged American leaders to enact publicly financed healthcare as a “human right”. ...

A better way – single payer, universal health care

A better way - single payer, universal health care
By Jeff Hardwig, M.D. for International Falls Journal When I started my medical training 37 years ago, my only focus was on becoming a competent physician. There was little thought given to the systems of care that support the practice of medicine. My first job after residency was as a Navy psychiatrist where all patients ...

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost
By Ann Pietrangelo for Healthline   Breast cancer treatment is saving lives. But its extreme expense is also causing a different kind of hardship for many survivors, saddling them with lifelong financial burden. A new study finds that many physicians believe they’re adequately addressing patients’ financial concerns before treatment. However, many patients say doctors need ...

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 ...

Your Turn: A cost-effective alternative for U.S. healthcare

Your Turn: A cost-effective alternative for U.S. healthcare
By Ken Lefkowitz for Courier Post If someone paid $1,000 for a service they could purchase elsewhere for $512, you’d think they were quite foolish. Yet, that’s the situation facing healthcare in America today. Our current system for financing healthcare has been ineffective in controlling costs or providing the highest-level quality care. In 2016, the ...

Businesses back single-payer plan

Businesses back single-payer plan
By Ron Green in the Albany Democrat-Herald Many years ago I started and ran a bicycle store, building it over 10 years to seven or eight employees. For the first year or so, my one worker was, like me, a disabled veteran with health care through the VA. I could tell insurance salesmen that our ...

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, ...

Healthcare Advocates Block Chicago Streets Demanding Care

Healthcare Advocates Block Chicago Streets Demanding Care
By Anne Scheetz for Popular Resistance Responding to Iashea Cross’s cry, “Are you ready to take action?,” on August 31 members of Chicago ADAPT and the Alliance for Community Services, and personal assistants from SEIU Healthcare Illinois, kicked off Labor Day weekend by blocking two streets at the State of Illinois Building in downtown Chicago. ...

Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All

Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All
“The lesson is, if you live in America and get charged an outrageous medical bill, you better hope you can find a journalist to write about it.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Adding yet another horrifying anecdote to the ever-growing list of reasons the United States urgently needs to transition away from its disastrous ...

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 ...