Physicians for a National Health Program
"Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity and there is an
obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize this right."

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Chicago Archdiocese
Maya Rockeymoore PhD, Urban League

Physicians for a National Health Program is a not-for-profit organization of physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals that support a national health insurance (NHI) program. Specifically, we believe that a single-payer system (where the government finances health care, but keeps the delivery of health care to mostly private control) is the only solution to solving the United States' many health care problems: 43 million citizens with no health insurance, many more with only limited coverage, skyrocketing health insurance premiums, malpractice costs, long-term care issues, and relatively poor health indicators, when compared to similar industrialized nations.

PNHP members have addressed hundreds of grand rounds and conferences, testified before dozens of federal and state legislative committees, spearheaded single-payer efforts in several states, and worked extensively with the media and local community groups to educate the public. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, have access to PNHP slide sets and other resource materials, and are invited to participate in policy-setting national meetings and to be involved in our over two dozen local chapters.

We believe that the current malaise afflicting health policy debate will be short lived; that bold and articulate advocacy for national health insurance can coalesce the broad constituency for change.
"A recent poll shows that managed care had a respectability rating just above the lowest-rated tobacco industry." - Public Assessments of Managed Care

Physicians for a National Health Program
29 E Madison Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60602
ph: (312) 782-6006 fax: (312) 782-6007

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