10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care

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The United States spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 46 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.

Imagine a health care program that is publicly funded and covers all basic medical services from doctor visits, hospitalization, and long-term care to prescription drugs, dental care, and mental health. 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care offers an array of powerful arguments for why and how this could become a reality. With fact-filled chapters written by leading physicians, health care professionals, policy makers, business-people, labor organizers, and others, this book shows how a national health care system is simpler, more inclusive, saves money, is good for business, will reduce health care disparities, and is a fundamental human right.

In time for the 2008 elections and following on the heels of Michael Moore’s Sicko, 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care offers powerful ammunition in favor of a fundamental change to American health care—and shows how we really can develop a comprehensive national health program for the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595583284
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mary O’Brien is a board-certified attending physician at Columbia University Health Services and a faculty member at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is on the Board of Directors of the New York Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and is the chair of its media committee. Dr. Martha Livingston is Associate Professor of Health and Society at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. Both live in New York.
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Table of Contents

Foreword John Conyers, Jr. Conyers, John, Jr.

Introduction Mary E. O'Brien O'Brien, Mary E. Martha Livingston Livingston, Martha 1

1 It's good for our health Martha Livingston Livingston, Martha 5

2 It costs less and saves money (unlike all of the alternatives) Leonard Rodberg Rodberg, Leonard 15

3 It will assure high-quality health care for all Americans, rich or poor Mary E. O'Brien O'Brien, Mary E. 25

4 It's the best choice - morally and economically Marie Gottschalk Gottschalk, Marie 37

5 It may be a matter of life or death Nathan Wilkes Wilkes, Nathan 53

6 It will let doctors and nurses focus on patients, not paperwork

Rose Ann DeMoro on nursing 63

Claudia M. Fegan on doctors 70

7 It will reduce health care disparities Olveen Carrasquillo Carrasquillo, Olveen Jaime Torres Torres, Jaime 79

8 It will eliminate medical debt Cindy Zeldin Zeldin, Cindy Mark Rukavina Rukavina, Mark 91

9 It will be good for labor and for business Leo W. Gerard Gerard, Leo W. 101

10 It's what most Americans want - and we can make it happen Joanne Landy Landy, Joanne Oliver Fein Fein, Oliver 109

Afterword James Winkler Winkler, James 123

Notes 129

Resources 145

About the Contributors 153

Acknowledgments 157

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009


    If you are confused with the health care issues today, this book will clarify matters about Universal Health Care and the single payer option.
    Rep. John Conyers, Jr., sponsor of HR 676 wrote the foreword and this book supports his bill in Congress.
    TEN EXCELLENT REASONS FOR NATIONAL HEALTH CARE explains how we got into a health care crisis and how a single-payer system would work. It answers many questions like:
    What is the cost?
    Will we have the same high-quality health care that we have now?
    Will I be able to choose my own Dr. and make my own medical decisions?
    The many contributors to this book have long histories in the health care field. I found the book very valuable reading. There is a short synopsis of what a single-payer system of health care would be like. In clear, concise language it explains how a single-payer program works, why is is most cost-effective, and affordable to the most people, and the most advantageous plan for the consumer.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who is confused over the health care controversy.

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