Welcome to the new HCHP Blog! As our group has grown from a small group of folks in Indianapolis and Bloomington gathering monthly on the IU campus to a state wide group with multiple chapters, the need has become obvious for new ways to communicate and keep in touch. Please participate and make this blog a lively way to share information and ideas, and to discuss issues surrounding healthcare at the state level and nationally.
The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, yet it ranks only 39 among nations in terms of health outcomes and we have 47 million without health coverage and millions more with inadequate coverage. This is primarily because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume 31 percent of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment though a single nonprofit payer would save more than $350 billion per year nationally, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans. The mission of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (HCHP) is to educate the public and the legislature about the benefits of a single payer plan. We are seeking individuals and groups who have an interest in helping achieve this goal. HCHP is a state affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Program and is a 501(c)3 organization. Is single payer healthcare reform too radical a step for America to take? Dr Rob Stone