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Dec 19: Healthcare – so NOW what??!! A doctor’s view
December 19th, 2009 by Sam

December 19, 2009

Segments 1 & 2: Single payer healthcare

Dr. Geoff Clark, retired medical doctor who practiced in New Hampshire for over 30 years, will tell us why he thinks “single payer” is still the best system for America. With feeling! And perhaps shed some light on why the American Medical Association is against it, what other things they’ve been against, and where the heck we go from here!

The following links were provided by Dr. Clark:

Worldwide statistics on health:

Infoplease – Health and Social Statistics

World Health Organization – Health Statistics and health information systems

Polls of doctors on Single Payer Healthcare that show broad support:

Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare (numerous polls, including Kaiser Health, Time Magazine, Grove Insight Opinion Research, New York Times/CBS News)

New Hampshire Medical Society: Two thirds of New Hampshire physicians, including 81% of primary care clinicians, indicated they “would favor a simplified payor system in which public funds, collected through taxes, were used to pay directly for services to meet the basic healthcare needs of all citizens.”

On whether the American Medical Association represents doctors:

Position on single payer Liasson reports that AMA opposes any public plan, ignoring AMA’s inconsistency | Media Matters for America

Percent of Physicians as members NBC’s Guthrie falsely suggests AMA represents “the nation’s doctors” | Media Matters for America

Other Physician Organizations:

Physicians for a National Health Program

National Physicians Alliance

This American Life Programs

#391 This American Life

#392 This American Life

Segment 3: Thoughts from Cause and Effect World

Sometimes we try to get a little deeper, a little more profound, here on The Samantha Clemens Show. So naturally, we turn to a self-described “recovering lawyer” to take us down that path. Don Leka, who a Musician as well as a Recovering Lawyer, shares his essay “Liberate Yourself and Enjoy the Holidays.” But how, Don? How?

Podcast


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