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Commentary: Physicians for a National Health Program public meeting

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Thursday, January 30, Dr. Andy Coates, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, will speak from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Madonna Hall at D’Youville College.

His talk is sponsored by the local chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and is free and open to the public.

At a meeting just a year ago convened by the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, Coates offered the premise that we can create a program that covers everyone but that money was not the obstacle. The issue instead is that as a country we don’t have a model for “social solidarity.”

Viewing universal health insurance not as altruism but as reciprocity can make a difference in that regard, Coates said. He offered also a convincing look at health and mortality statistics that display the reduced costs and considerable benefits of a one-payer system.

Now Buffalo physicians have formed a local chapter. Vermont is already working toward a state single-payer health insurance program. Who says there is no such thing as a tipping point?

For more about the social causes for medical issues as well as ways to resolve them, try these:

Commentary: An alternative way of thinking about health care could reap benefits

Social ills associated with as many deaths as heart attack, stroke, lung cancer

Linda Chalmer Zemel teaches in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. She also writes the Buffalo Books column.

Contact Linda at writer14221@yahoo.com

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