Physicians for a National Health Program

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Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is an advocacy organization of some 20,000 American physicians, medical students, and health professionals co-founded in 1987 by David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler that supports a single-payer (Canadian-style) system of universal national health insurance.[1]

The group is best known for its influential proposals for national health insurance, which have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine[2] and JAMA.[3]

The group is also known for its members' substantial contributions to scientific research on the uninsured, health system economics and international health systems. Members such as David Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Marcia Angell and Arnold Relman have contributed articles to major peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine (of which Angell and Relman are former editors-in-chief), JAMA, Health Affairs, and The American Journal of Medicine.[4] Quentin Young was president of the organization from 1991 to 1993.[5]

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  1. ^ Frumkin, Howard; Himmelstein, David; Nelson, Mark; Woolhandler, Steffie (July 8, 1987). "Health care for all is a public responsibility". The New York Times. p. A26. 
    Woolhandler, Steffie; Himmelstein, David U. (1987). "Physicians for a National Health Program". International Journal of Health Services 17 (4): 703–706. doi:10.2190/C343-W933-786Q-1R3T. ISSN 0020-7314. PMID 3121526. 
  2. ^ Himmelstein, David U.; Woolhandler, Steffie (January 12, 1989). "A national health program for the United States. A physicians' proposal". New England Journal of Medicine 320 (2): 102–108. doi:10.1056/NEJM198901123200206. PMID 2911282. 
  3. ^ Woolhandler, Steffie; Himmelstein, David U.; Angell, Marcia; Young, Quentin D. (August 13, 2003). "Proposal of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance". JAMA 290 (6): 798–805. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.798. PMID 12915433. 
  4. ^ Himmelstein, D. U.; Thorne, D.; Warren, E.; Woolhandler, S. (2009). "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study". The American Journal of Medicine 122 (8): 741–746. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2009.04.012. PMID 19501347.  See full text.
  5. ^ . (October 4, 1991). "Widespread solutions likely result of healthcare leadership forum". PR Newswire. Quentin Young, M.D., is an internist, practicing in the Chicago area. For many years, Young has been actively involved in the Health and Medical Policy Research Group. More recently, he was elected president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 2,000 member physician organization which is lobbying for a Canadian-style health program in the U.S. 
    Cutter, John A. (March 8, 1993). "Group tackles care of aging". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1A. 'We're spending the money now,' said Dr. Quentin Young, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates a tax-supported system. 
    Young, Quentin D. (July 1993). "Health care reform movement". American Journal of Public Health 83 (7): 945–946. doi:10.2105/ajph.83.7.945. PMC 1694777. PMID 8328613. Quentin D. Young, MD, is past president, Physicians for a National Health Program. 

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