SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

08/14/03

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a lead author of the proposal being presented today. Woolhandler is a primary care doctor practicing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She said today: "We are already spending enough to provide every American with superb medical care -- $5,775 per person this year. . . But we don't get what we pay for. More than 41 million Americans are uninsured. Millions more are under-insured -- they have coverage but still can't afford vital care and medications, or they can't get their HMO to pay for the care they need. Meanwhile we waste a fortune on useless medical paperwork and corporate profiteering. Single payer national health insurance would save at least $200 billion annually on paperwork and administration, enough to cover all of the uninsured and to upgrade coverage for Medicare enrollees and others who are under-insured."

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