Doctors “Prescribe” Medicare for All

Our open-letter—signed by more than 2,000 physicians—was published today as a full-page ad in the New York Times.

Among the signatories of the letter, which was organized by PNHP, includes leading figures in American medicine, including founder of Partners in Health Dr. Paul Farmer, developer of the defibrillator Dr. Bernard Lown, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine Dr. Marcia Angell, former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, and many more …

In conjunction with yesterday’s announcement that the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty society in the country, had endorsed Medicare-for-All, it is becoming increasingly clear that there has been a turn of the tides in the American medical profession on the single-payer question.

Jonathan Cohn describes these developments in an article in the Huffington Post.

Link to all the signatories: www.pnhp.org/2020

New Study in Health Affairs: “The Effect Of Veterans Health Administration Coverage On Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence”

Our new research was published in Health Affairs this week. Using national data, we found that patients with VA coverage – which provides medications with no or low copays to veterans – were less likely than those with other forms of insurance to go without needed medications, especially among those with serious chronic diseases. VA coverage also reduced or attenuated racial and income-based disparities in prescription drug access.

We contend that the VA pharmacy benefit should be considered as a model to address the crisis in prescription drug affordability.

The study was covered in STAT: https://www.statnews.com/…/veterans-drugs-cost-patient-ad…/…

Here’s the press release: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/…/pfan-pwv010320.php

And here’s a link to the study itself: http://www.healthaffairs.org/…/a…/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00481