“Single payer activists say they will not support a proposed bill that Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce after Labor Day if the bill includes cost-sharing measures such as co-pays.
In a letter to Senator Sanders, Carol Paris, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) warn that PNHP ‘cannot endorse or wholeheartedly advocate for a reform that includes copayments for medically-necessary services.’
‘While we would welcome the proposed reform as a useful step forward in advancing health justice, the persistence of copayments would unacceptably compromise the legislation’s ability to improve health and foster equality in care,’ they write. ‘We urge you to reconsider the inclusion of copayments.’
The letter does not appear on the PNHP web site, but was sent to members, urging them to call Senator Sanders and tell him — ‘do not include copays in your single-payer bill, copays do not reduce administrative costs and — copays discourage patients from seeking medically-necessary care.’ ”
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