March 2rd, 5:30PM Turner Auditorium D209

Single-Payer Healthcare?

Are you a little frustrated that the US has the same life expectancy as Cuba, yet spends $8160 per person compared to Cuba’s $251? (Hint: the purchasing power difference is much less than 32.5x).

Do you find it surprising that over 50 million Americans (16% of our population) are uninsured despite the US spending the most in the world on healthcare–17.3% of GDP compared to the next highest, France, at 11.2%? (France insures all of its citizens).

A key question to ask is whether a National Healthcare Plan/Single-Payer System/Universal Coverage is the solution to these maladies.

The UW Health Equity Circle would like to present an opportunity for students to meet Dr. Quentin Young, MD, the national coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and hear a talk about why he and PNHP believe the US desperately needs a National Healthcare Plan.

A presentation aimed at students will take plan in Turner Auditorium, D209, at 5:30PM on March 2nd (Fri). Please join!

Physicians for a National Healthcare Program believe that a Single-Payer National Health Insurance would save money by cutting down the wasted administrative spending by insurance companies and provide everyone with health insurance coverage while preserving freedom of choice of hospital and doctor.

Dr. Quentin Young, MD, graduated from Northwestern Medical School and has a number of accomplishments including serving as the American Public Health Association’s President, being inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians, served as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s physician during his visits to Chicago, co-founding and chairing the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and blogging for the Huffington Post.

A second larger presentation will be open to the public will be given and is entitled “Health Care and Social Justice: How we get there, where we came from, and where we are” on March 3rd (Sat) at 7:00PM in Kane Hall, Rm 120. He will be joined by Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now; Teresa Mosqueda, Legislation and Policy Director of the WA State Labor Council; and Jim McDermott, US Congressman from Seattle. A flier of this event is attached.

We encourage all of you to attend.


Your UW Health Equity Circle Team

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