William Ford, Emilie George, Alex Irace, Rachel Madley, Graham Wehmeyer, and Michael Zingman,
Students at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons,
Members of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)
Nov. 26, 2018
In a recent article, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital CEO Dr. Steven Corwin commented on rising healthcare costs. He stated that "We do a lot of very expensive things...We have to figure out how to reduce our costs." In the same article, he stated that he opposes "Medicare for All," but that "We have to have universal coverage."
As medical students training at the institution Dr. Corwin leads, we agree: we do need it - and we need it urgently. Unlike Dr. Corwin, we, along with a growing number of hospital leaders, believe "Medicare for All" is the only solution for universal coverage and cost reduction.
Medicare for All is a universal, comprehensive single-payer system in which healthcare is financed by one public agency but privately delivered. It would cover all medically necessary services and eliminate co-pays, premiums, and deductibles, leading to improved financial security when individuals or families get sick. It would also give patients the freedom to choose their doctor.
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