Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler
Ralph Nader Radio Hour, July 22, 2017
As the U.S. Senate contemplated detrimental changes to health care, PNHP co-founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler spoke with Ralph Nader about what a different approach – a single-payer national health program – would mean for patients and doctors.
“Medicare for All would mean that everybody on the day they were born would get an insurance card that would pay for all medically needed care at the doctor or hospital of their choice,” she said.
“For doctors it would mean that everybody came with the same coverage; and we no longer had to worry about would the patient come back to see us for follow-up or would they decide that’s just too expensive.
“That’s not pie in the sky. That is the way that the single–payer systems work in countries like Canada or Scotland.”
Dr. Woolhandler’s interview begins at approximately the 40:10 mark, above.