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Evidence-based medicine: A movement in crisis? By Trisha Greenhalgh, Jeremy Howick, and Neal Maskrey for the Evidence-Based Medicine Renaissance Group BMJ, June 13, 2014 It is more than 20 years since the evidence-based medicine working group announced a “new paradigm” for teaching and practicing clinical medicine. Tradition, anecdote, and theoretical reasoning from basic sciences would […]

P4P is failing in the UK

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Successes and failures of pay for performance in the United Kingdom By Martin Roland and Stephen Campbell The New England Journal of Medicine, May 15, 2014 In 2004, the United Kingdom introduced one of the world’s largest pay-for-performance programs, the Quality and Outcomes Framework. … The Quality and Outcomes Framework was originally designed in part […]

Another Green Flag for Single Payer

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Reflections on the VA Scandal KevinMD — Dr. Kevin Pho — the popular physician blogger, suggests that single-payer advocates reevaluate the single-payer idea in light of the scandal now unfolding within the Veterans Health Administration. He calls the scandal “a red flag for those who want a national single-payer system in the United States.” While […]

The critical shortcoming of Porter and Lee’s Value Transformation process is that it reforms our dysfunctional delivery system without first reforming our dysfunctional financing system. There are no examples of any delivery system succeeding in the absence of a functional financing system.

In a recent commentary at the JAMA Forum titled “The Innovation vs Consumer Protection Tug-of-War in Health Policy,” health economist Austin Frakt reflects on the possible sacrifice of innovation created by a single payer, universal health care plan.

By Harvey Fernbach, M.D. “I just enrolled in Medicare. It took me 5 minutes. Single payer anyone?” – John Podesta, Twitter, Nov. 14, 2013 The delays, glitches, complexity and time involved in enrolling in Obamacare is in sharp contrast to a America’s largest and premiere government financed and privately delivered health insurance program — Medicare. […]

The GOP, led by Republican Study Committee Chair Steve Scalise of Louisiana, introduced their alternative to Obamacare last week, HR 3121. Calling the GOP proposal a “health” plan is like calling their recent attempt to cut $40 billion in funding for food stamps a “nutrition” program. The GOP has already been obstructing one of the […]

By Katie Robbins, Organizer, New York Metro chapter On July 30th, the 48th Anniversary of Medicare, PNHP and Healthcare-NOW! NYC members hit the streets in Brooklyn to bring the message to Congress that it’s time to improve and expand our most beloved social insurance program to all. PNHP-NY Metro Board member, Dr. Sandy Turner, SNaHP […]

We in PNHP often give the impression that the principal problem with America’s health care system is the extraordinary waste associated with its multi-payer private insurance system. However, any comparison of our spending with that of other countries reveals that this must be only part of the story.

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and now candidate for mayor of New York, is gaining a lot of attention, but also creating a great deal of confusion, with his proposal for what he calls a “single-payer plan” for New York City.

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