Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is a single-issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has 22,000 members and over 50 chapters across the United States.
Since 1987, we've advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 30 million Americans who have none.
Our members and physician activists work toward a single-payer national health program in their communities. PNHP performs ground breaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.
PNHP is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program.
PNHP - NY Metro's Annual Student Forum:
Segregation in the NYC Healthcare System
When: Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Mt. Sinai Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East @ E. 14th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Join PNHP - NY Metro and student leaders from medical and public health schools across the city for a presentation about segregated care within our healthcare system. This month's forum was planned by PNHP's student arm, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), which has grown to over 50 chapters nationwide, with 8 chapters in the NY Metro area.
While explicitly expressed racism in healthcare may be less prevalent today, many institutions continue to offer tiered access to care based on one’s insurance type (private vs. public). For example, the Mount Sinai Hospital System has a storied past of separating patients based on their insurance status, including physically separating privately-insured maternity patients from those with public insurance until the mid-1990’s. Still today, many of the hospital’s outpatient clinics are physically separated based on insurance-type. Given the demographics of NYC, the majority of patients with public insurance are ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities. As such, institutions that provide stratified care perpetuate segregation.
The forum will be framed by Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun, who will discuss the history of segregation in our healthcare system. Then, medical students’ perspectives and work will be highlighted. Michael Danziger will discuss how this segregation can be seen at the geographic level using maternal morbidity and mortality as a case study. Rachel Wilkinson, Akila Pai, and Conner Fox will discuss how segregation can be seen within an institution, and share the work that they have been leading with colleagues at Mt. Sinai to address this issue. Finally, Alec Feuerbach will discuss how single payer, and specifically the New York Health Act, would address segregation in our healthcare system.