Raising Women’s Voices

Massachusetts Healthcare “Reform”?

Posted in Health Reform Policy Proposals, Reports and Studies by raisingwomensvoices on February 19, 2009

piggybankIn a post on Wednesday in The Healthcare Blog, . Rachel Nardin, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler detail in their report concerning Massachusetts’ healthcare reform.

The doctors, members of Physicians for a National Health Program and professors at Harvard Medical School, claim that the reforms actually add 5% more administrative expenses. They also criticize the Urban Institute’s 2008 report that only 2.6% of Massachusetts’ citizens are uninsured because of the Institute’s failure to reach out to non-English speaking citizens.

The report claims that the reforms actually make the most vulnerable worse off than before, noting the lack of development in primary care compared to much-used higher technology such as CT scanners. And, perhaps most importantly, the doctors stress the fact that having an insurance plan does not necessarily guarantee access to care.

In the report, the doctors conclude that single-payer nataional health is the only reform that will do.

For the full article, click here: http://www.thehealthcareblog.com/the_health_care_blog/2009/02/mass-doctors-say-singlepayer-or-bust-noon-embargo.html

sara siegel

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