Health Care Justice North Carolina is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality medical care. The organization’s name expresses their conviction that this is an issue of social justice.
They support a single-payer health care system that covers everyone. In a single-payer system, one governmental or quasi-governmental agency is responsible for the financing of health care, while health care delivery remains primarily private. Among the many advantages would be universal access and the resulting improvement in the health of millions, while saving billions of public dollars thanks to administrative efficiencies and the ability to exert true cost controls.
Health Care Justice NC is the Charlotte, North Carolina branch of Physicians for a National Health Program. PNHP is a non-profit research and education organization of over 21,000 medical professionals and members of the general public who support single-payer national health insurance. If you also support this, please consider signing the Chapter Resolution.
Here is a quick rundown to put single-payer health insurance in perspective:
- Problem: The United States spends twice as much per capita on health care as other industrialized
nations, yet we rank near the bottom in nearly all health indicators. Additionally, each year, one trillion of our healthcare dollars go to administrative costs (31%).
Medicare For All: Having a single payer system– like Medicare– can cut administrative costs in half,
saving $500 billion dollars annually.
- Problem: The United States has the highest prescription prices in the world. Congress prohibits Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
Medicare For All: Negotiating drug and medical device prices can save $150 billion per year.
- Problem: Thirty million Americans have no health insurance. Forty million are underinsured..
Medicare For All: The savings alone are more than enough to cover all Americans’ healthcare with no co-pays or deductibles.
- Problem: Most U.S. household bankruptcies are due to medical bills; most households had insurance.
Medicare For All: Funding for Improved Medicare for All will be less than current healthcare costs for 95% of U.S.households.
Why this is personal: Rachel Brummert has several illnesses that require a lifetime of monitoring, tests, and expensive prescriptions. And hospital stays and surgery costs cut into her savings, like many Americans.
Rachel remembers one surgery in particular. The hospital was covered by her insurance and the surgeon was covered; the anesthesiologist was not. She received a huge bill that she was expected to pay out of pocket. When she called the insurance company to appeal it, she said, “Was I supposed to bring my own anesthesiologist??”
Another example is a blood test she needs to monitor a serious blood disorder. This test explained why her blood counts were so low and how her doctors can treat her condition. The insurance company called the test “experimental”. It’s not. It’s a standard test that is well known and they refuse to cover it. Her primary doctor and hematologist were furious when she brought it to their attention. They both submitted paperwork explaining why it is medically necessary. Rachel is still battling the insurance company over this from 2018.
Rachel Brummert is a member of the Legislative Committee of Health Care Justice NC.