I serve as CaPA President. We were a key organization that helped achieve coverage for all undocumented children by including them in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. We currently are working on a Road Map to single payer for California and continue our work with many other sister organizations to expand coverage.
As a family physician, I can attest firsthand to the important work PNHP and California chapter are doing to advance healthcare as a human right. My patients' future depend on the energy and expertise brought by PNHP to the fight for equitable care for all.
I am in my second year of my MPH program and I have worked with PNHP as Co-Chair of the California Health Professional Student Alliance/California State University, Long Beach Chapter. I have been to a number of PNHP sponsored events have had the opportunity to meet other passionate professionals in the field. I look forward to continuing my work with PNHP and sustaining my membership throughout my career!
I have been an R.N. for 30 years. From the beginning, I have had to deal with the lack of good sense in this field. When I entered in 1980, the main problem, as I saw it, was care being motivated more for profit than good sense. As managed care came in, I saw good, preventive, sensible care not being paid for, in order for investors to profit. This is not a system that encourages good nurses or responsible patient care. Sick persons are never happy campers, so there will ALWAYS be challenges, but please let those challenges be honest ones. I think it's contemptible to hold up people for $$ when they are sick. It is SO hard to be satisfied to be part of a system like that. These are some of the reasons I have stood & acted for change, and PNHP keeps me up-to-date on the positive changes, as well allowing me to work with others who feel as strongly as I do.
PNHP coordinates and participates in the L.A. community by providing healthcare and education to anyone who needs it. They inspire young professionals to take part in creating a health system that will work for everyone.
I first learned about the tremendous work of PNHP when I started volunteering as a healthcare justice advocate and organizer. This dedicated, professional organization has taken the lead in health reform education and strategic planning for a profound transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. A highly educated group, mainly MDs and MPHs (or both), the members of PNHP combine humanitarianism and compassion with intelligence and keen analytical ability. Tireless advocates for patients, their families and communities, the members of PNHP are more than effective - they are downright inspiring. I feel honored beyond words to work with them!
This hard-working and wonderful group, PHNP, is an amazing collection of advocates in the system and without, working toward health care for all through a single payer system. (ie no insurance companies.) What struck me volunteering is their diligence toward this as they attempt to fullfil one of the basic human rights--affordable health care.. They really and truly care about people getting the healthcare they need. The group is very organized and hard-working as well as open-minded. I have gone to a few presentations and was at the day on learning to write for the media. I found them very generous with their time, honest --in terms of critique (several practice sessions)--and genuinely caring and concerned for each other and all people's welfare. I grew up in Canada and am now a licensed naturopathic doctor in California. I was grateful they listened to my comments (without judgement) on the benefits and inadequacies of the Canadian system as well as when I spoke about the need for prevention, especially through food and lifestyle changes and natural medicine. I wish I had time to be involved more regularly. PHNP is doing GREAT work! Dr Heather Herington ND
PNHP is at the forefront of THE major human rights struggle facing the US right now -- healthcare for ALL, not just the privileged. They created the first single-payer bill (HR 676), and are active in almost every state. They are also inspiring change at grass-roots medical education levels to change the mindset and activities of health providers in training....
As a physician, I know first-hand the huge difficulties patients face in finding and paying for health care. And along with patients I have spent/wasted hours of precious time arguing with insurance companies for appropriate care and medications for those patients. The insurance companies are robbing the rest of us of what should be health care dollars, for the benefit of their shareholders and administrators. PNHP works for a better way--Improved Medicare for Everyone, affordable, universal, portable quality care, publicly financed, without profit, and with input from providers and patients. And PNHP works with many other organizations and individuals to achieve this end.
This group is fighting the good fight for what is right and true, against incredible odds. Thank GOD it exists.
The organization is dedicated to enacting universal access to high quality health care under a publicly financed non-profit program (like Medicare, but with significant improvements). We have a small highly skilled staff, an energetic board, and highly motivated volunteers (physicians and other health care providers) who believe that only under a single payer system can the U.S. make high quality health care available to all, control costs, and allow decisions to be made by patients and professional providers without interference by profit-driven insurance companies.
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PNHP is an invaluable organization of doctors, nurses and activists seeking health care reform as they are forced by our money driven insurance industry to watch their patients suffer and die. In these times of very limited government transparency and corruption geared towards exploiting the public good for the profit of Wall Street, PNHP offers public information and events that state the facts of our health care non-system in America. Facts such as the 48 million Americans who remain without healthcare, the fallacies of the recently passes ACA law, and detailed understandable explanations of the issues that continue to surround health care reform on America. PNHP and its articulate and informed members were an invaluable resource in the making of my documentary film, got healthcare? ( http://gothealthcaremovie.com ), in which you can see a number of them in action.
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