The U.S. healthcare system is broken.
And it’s time to take the reins, say some leading physicians, who are calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the system to solve the nation’s healthcare crisis.
According to a report released this week by the American College of Surgeons, which represents more than 50,000 American doctors, the nation ranked sixth out of 26 countries for the number of physicians per capita, behind only Greece, France, Belgium, Italy, and Sweden.
The American College says that the number is lower than what many Americans expect, and that the numbers in this report are likely to be inflated.
The medical profession, however, says the numbers show that the American healthcare system, like all of society, is broken.
“The American Medical Association is the largest association of physicians in the United States and it is also the most powerful in the world, so it’s a lot more powerful than the medical profession,” said Dr. Bruce Schoenfeld, a surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
“The fact that the AMA has such power speaks volumes about the fact that it’s really not an independent body.”
Schoenfeld is the CEO of the Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit that advocates for a public health overhaul that would improve access to care, increase access to medical care, and address the chronic underfunding of healthcare in the U.N. General Assembly’s Framework Convention on the Status of Women.
The United States is the only developed nation that has not ratified the Convention.
But while the AMA claims to represent the medical community, its members are also among the most vulnerable, as many are not insured or pay too much for their care.
Many have seen their incomes decline.
In many states, healthcare costs have risen faster than incomes.
In one recent study, a group of doctors at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that the cost of healthcare rose at twice the rate of the general population during the previous five years.
“We’ve been talking about this for decades, and we’ve been doing it,” said Schoenfeld.
“This is the time for it to be done.”
But not everyone is convinced.
“In the United Kingdom, there is a big gap between the rich and the poor,” said David Stapleton, CEO of Physicians for Public Health.
“If the U,S., or the UK were to adopt Medicare for All, it would be an enormous boost to the healthcare system.”
“I think we should be focused on healthcare,” said Stapton, “not focusing on medicine.”
“The United States of America has one of the highest health care costs in the developed world, but if we were to implement a Medicare for all system, it’s probably not going to make much of a difference,” said Josephine Caspi, president of the American Medical Students Association.
“It’s not going be that big a deal.
We could just pick up where we left off.”
In a statement, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which includes doctors from across the country, said that the U to Medicare forAll would make a huge difference for our healthcare system.
“Nurses have been saying for decades that healthcare should be affordable and accessible, and now that we have Medicare forall, we can finally get there,” said AANA President Michael Casteel.
“We can finally improve access for our patients and the healthcare providers who serve them, and this is just the beginning.”
A number of experts in the healthcare industry agree.
“I don’t know that this is a realistic plan,” said Elizabeth Cohen, director of the Healthcare Policy Center at the New America Foundation.
“There is no reason to think that if we just do it, we’re going to get this going.”
Dr. John Schulze, the president of New England Medical Center in Massachusetts, said the US needs a much better healthcare system to combat the pandemic.
“If we have to get healthcare from elsewhere, we better have it here,” said Schlueze.
“So the problem is not that the system is bad, the problem has been so bad that it would have to be fixed.”
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