Last updated on: 2/19/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“Access to comprehensive health care is a human right. It is the responsibility of society, through its government, to assure this right. Coverage should not be tied to employment. Private insurance firms’ past record disqualifies them from a central role in managing health care.

The right to choose and change one’s physician is fundamental to patient autonomy. Patients should be free to seek care from any licensed health care professional.”

“Proposal of the Physicians’ Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Aug. 30, 2003

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Description:

“Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 17,000 members and chapters across the United States.

Since 1987, we’ve advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system–including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 46 million Americans who have none.

Our members and physician activists work toward a single-payer national health program in their communities. PNHP performs ground breaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.

PNHP is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program.”

“About PNHP,” phnp.org (accessed Feb. 19, 2010)

Mission:

“The mission of PNHP is therefore to educate physicians, other health workers, and the general public on the need for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care program, equitably-accessible to all residents of the United States.”

“PNHP Mission Statement,” pnhp.org (accessed Feb. 19, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Contact Info:
Phone
312-782-6006
Email
info@pnhp.org
Website
www.pnhp.org
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?