Doctors’ Allegiance and the Hippocratic Oath: Patients vs. Profits - by Philip Caper, M.D.
One liner: Two of three physicians in Maine favor single-payer Medicare for all over what we have today—a corporate culture run by private insurers seeking profits at patients’ expense.
Abstract: The ACA perpetuates and accelerates profiteering throughout a corporatized health care industry. Many physicians, now employed by big hospital systems or sometimes even by insurers, are angry with the transformation of their calling into a business controlled by others. Physicians are left in an ethical bind—to go along with the drive for profits of their employers and insurers, or try to resist and put their careers in jeopardy.
How routine medical bills can harm your credit rating -
by Don McCanne, M.D.
One liner: Personal credit ratings are increasingly being impacted by collection procedures of which many Americans are unaware, especially as high deductible plans are in wide use.
Abstract: Medical bills account for one-half of collection agency reports, damaging credit ratings of one in five Americans. The intricacies of private health insurance are the major culprit in the administrative morass of billing for health care services. The only fix is single-payer financing of health care, which would eliminate this problem while providing better coverage for less money to all Americans.
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The scope of needed reforms is wide since there continues to be an enormous gap between a system of universal access that we would like to see and the realities of barriers to access, unaffordable costs, variable quality, disparities and inequities facing ordinary Americans across the country. We need a Copernican shift from the present multi-payer market-based system driven by corporate money and special interests to one based primarily on the needs of patients and their families. (Welcome Continued)
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