By Rose Aguilar and Bee Soll
KALW Public Media, Your Call, April 12, 2023
On this edition of Your Call, we speak with two doctors who are calling for universal health care. The United States is the only large, high-income nation that does not provide universal coverage to its citizens.
We’ll also discuss the high costs of relying on a for-profit system, the end of expanded COVID benefits, Republican controlled states that still refuse to expand Medicaid, the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S., and the health care worker crisis.
Thousands of doctors have left the workforce, leaving many hospitals and clinics struggling. One in five doctors says they plan to leave their practice in the coming years, according to studies published in JAMA.
What will it take to make universal health care and a robust social safety net a priority?
Dr. Susan Rogers is the immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and assistant professor of medicine at Rush University.
Dr. Eric Reinhart is a political anthropologist of public health and law, psychoanalyst, and physician at Northwestern University.