For Immediate Release
July 15, 2011
On Monday July 18, Dr. Margaret Flowers will be addressing the need for a publicly financed single-payer health system, otherwise known as ‘an improved Medicare for all’ on community radio station KRFC FM 88.9 Fort Collins, CO. Women’s Health talk show host, Leslie Carol Botha will be interviewing Flowers on her radio segment titled ‘Holy Hormones Honey- The Greatest Story Never Told.’ The one-hour show will air from 6 to 7 pm MST and will be audio streamed at http://www.krfcfm.org
Flowers’ is a congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit research and education organization consisting of health professionals and students who support a single-payer national health insurance model. The former director of the pediatric hospital program and chief of pediatrics at a rural Maryland hospital, she left practice in 2007 to work full-time on health care reform.
The reason Dr. Margaret Flowers works to advocate a universal, single-payer health care model, is because she wasn’t able to provide the quality of care she wanted to as a pediatrician. Flowers said she was pressured to see more patients in less time, and had to compromise her integrity by not being fully honest to insurance companies about patient problems.
Flowers feels that corporate influences from insurance companies have made it difficult for citizens to get the care they need. She said 51 million Americans have no insurance, and over 10 million became ‘under-insured’ in 2009. According to Flowers health ‘administrators’ have grown faster than physicians in health ‘care’ in this country. She added that currently, one-third of health care dollars is spent on things that don’t have anything to do with health care.
“We’re already spending enough money to provide quality care to everyone,” she said. “We’re spending more per person, per year dollar, than any other nation. But we’re not getting a very good value for our dollar.”
Flowers said the single-payer system would free up more than $400 billion per year, allowing all Americans access to quality coverage, and choice of provider.
Currently our medical liability system is very expensive, highly inefficient, and extremely adversarial thereby inflicting much emotional pain on all involved while leaving most individuals with medical injury uncompensated.
Celebrating 46 years this month, Medicare continues to pay for the health care of 47 million Americans. Medicare has improved the health of our seniors, reduced their risk of poverty, and improved the financial security of their families.
For more information: http://www.pnhp.org/