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The U.S. Can (and Must) Do Better: A Call to Action from the American College of Physicians

Posted By Louise Probst, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Last month, the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s second-largest physician organization, endorsed Medicare for All. It finds the status quo of the U.S. health care system to be unacceptable, rejecting the notion that it is too politically difficult to achieve needed changes. This position contrasts that of most other health industry organizations, who have taken actions to strongly oppose Medicare for All proposals.

 

The ACP calls for a transition to a full-scale, single-payer health insurance program or a government-run health plan, competing alongside regulated, private insurance plans. While ACP acknowledges that there are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, it believes either solution could achieve universal and affordable coverage, while realizing ACP’s vision statements for the U.S. health care system. ACP encourages other organizations to also make a serious and transparent effort to define what would make a better health care system, evaluate options, and recommend action. 

 

While ACP’s support for a single-payer system may or may not align with that of an individual employer, several of its vision statements are spot-on, particularly, ACP’s call for greater investments in primary care and mental health services. Employers recognize that having a primary care relationship can translate to fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits, earlier diagnosis, reduced overall spending, and happier patients. Several BHC members have already taken steps to support their employees in accessing and engaging with effective primary care and mental health services, while others are in the process of working toward this aim. If your organization is interested in joining in these efforts, please let Lauren Remspecher know.

 

In order to better support members’ interest in advanced primary care and mental health services, the BHC is pleased to announce that it has joined the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC). PCC is a national, multi-stakeholder membership organization that facilitates connections, resource development, and research focused on enhancing primary care in the U.S. Learn more by clicking here.

 

Adding to this conversation, the 2020 BHC Spring Forum on April 30 will highlight opportunities for employers to improve mental well-being in the workplace. In addition to examining mental health trends and treatment innovations in the field, speakers will provide actionable strategies for suicide prevention, stigma reduction, and the application of health benefits, policies, and programs to create a culture of support. Register to attend by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Warm regards,

 

Louise Y. Probst

BHC Executive Director

 

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