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October 1, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Physicians for a National Health Program will present lecture on need for national health insurauce Oct. 11 at SUNY Upstate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The rising cost of healthcare and how best to reform the healthcare delivery system is being discussed from the political platform and in most, if not all, American households. Oliver Fein, M.D., whose work has focused on health system delivery reform on both the national and local levels, will discuss how one organization mainly comprised of physicians hopes to reform the system at two free public lectures presented by SUNY Upstate Medical University Oct. 11.

The lectures will be held at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall and again at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse, on the SUNY Upstate campus.

Fein is chair of the Metro New York chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a nonprofit organization of 14,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals. The organization is best known for its proposals for national health insurance, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to PNHP, United States spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care—$7,129 per capita—health care reform. Yet, it says, the country’s system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 46 million—almost one-sixth of the U.S. population—without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered. PNHP proposes a national health program that would fully cover everyone under a single, comprehensive public insurance program.

Fein is a professor of clinical public health at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and a member of the board of the American Public Health Association. His early work on healthcare policy came in the early 1990s as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. George Mitchell.

Fein’s visit to the university is sponsored by the SUNY Upstate Medical University Student Chapter of PNHP. Lunch will be provided for those attending the noon discussion. A reception will follow the 4 p.m. discussion.

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