Dr. Gaffney is a pulmonary specialist at Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard Medical School and is president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). He is also chair of the Massachusetts chapter of PNHP and co-chair of the Working Group on Single-Payer Program Design, which developed the “Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform,” recently published at the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Gaffney is a prolific writer and blogger on health policy, frequently appears on radio, and is the author of “To Heal Humankind: The Right to Health in History.”
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"Physicians for a National Health Program President Dr. Adam Gaffney discusses why the U.S. should move to single-payer health care system."
"PNHP president Dr. Adam Gaffney spoke at a Feb. 27, 2019 press conference introducing the Medicare for All Act (sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal)."
Radio interview: "Physicians for a National Health Program is a group of doctors and health professionals that advocates for moving to a single-payer health care system. Dr. Adam Gaffney, a pulmonary specialist at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, is the newly elected president of that group. He joined us to talk about his push for expanding Medicare for All."
"Would Medicare for All break the bank? Proponents contend that it could cover the uninsured - and upgrade coverage for just about everybody else - without swelling our nation's already hefty health care bill. But critics retort that the costs of such an expansion would be exorbitant, even prohibitive. Too often, however, this debate plays out in the absence of good evidence. But our new research, published Tuesday in the Annals of Internals Medicine, may change that."
"Gaffney works as a critical care doctor and supports Medicare-for-all for lots of reasons. He thinks it will improve access to medical services and make the United States a more equitable place to live."
"By providing a single tier of coverage to all, with automatic enrollment, comprehensive benefits, and no cost-sharing, single-payer provides a distinct, egalitarian vision of universality."
"It would save both dollars and lives compared to our current system."
"There is an alternative. Over a decade ago, three of us, together with many colleagues, published a detailed proposal for a singlepayer national health program (NHP). Recently, single-payer reform has reemerged in the context of the presidential primaries."