Physicians For A National Health Program Have Organizational Meeting

Friday, March 07, 2014

An organizational meeting for a new Southeast Tennessee chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program was held Thursday evening at Foodworks.  

Founded in 1987, PNHP believes that access to high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. It advocates for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program and has more than 19,000 members and chapters across the U.S.

Attendees included a physician-in-training, medical educators, and practicing and senior physicians. They discussed organizational matters, future meetings and the development of a speaker’s bureau for local presentations.  

More information about PNHP, including resources supporting the need for a national health program, can be obtained at www.pnhp.org.  For local information, contact Dr. Laura Helfman at riverdoc@blomand.net.


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