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ACP suggests ‘new vision’ should lead healthcare reform after COVID-19

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Leaders of the American College of Physicians (ACP) say that a policy proposal they introduced earlier this year could be used to guide the U.S. healthcare system both during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and afterward.

In an Ideas and Opinions article published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this week, ACP leaders argued that actions outlined in the January policy paper, “ Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System ” could be used during the current pandemic and afterward to improve access to care, reduce per capita healthcare costs, and reduce healthcare system complexity.

The pandemic has exposed the flaws of the U.S. healthcare system including lack of universal coverage and access, socioeconomic inequalities, race- and ethnicity-based marginalization, and gendered consequences, according to lead author Sue S. Bornstein, MD, FACP.

“This widespread public health crisis has wreaked havoc on patients and left many health care systems unable to provide much needed care,” she says in a statement. “Enough is enough. The time is now to address our system’s shortcomings and enact real change.”

The policy paper calls for the U.S. to adopt a single payer financing healthcare system or a publicly-financed […]

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