The Health Care Crisis
Nearly every developed country in the world provides its citizen with access to medical care. In the United States, one-third of the population has no medical insurance or is underinsured. Many of these people are effectively kept from receiving needed medical care as profit-driven hospitals, clinics and HMOs routinely turn them away. During the recent economic boom in the U.S., the number of Americans without medical insurance increased significantly. Insurance executives pocket billions while over 90 million people, 25% of them children, go without what the rest of the world considers a basic human right.
Steffie Woolhandler helped found Physicians for a National Health Program, a non-profit organization of health care professionals who support a national health insurance program. On the Harvard Medical School faculty since 1987, Dr. Woolhandler has conducted research and published her results in dozens of articles and books. She provides patient care as an attending physician at The Cambridge Hospital. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her contributions to health care.