US needs universal access to health care, American College of Physicians says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1228
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The American College of Physicians says that the United States needs a healthcare system that provides care for everyone, either through a universal health insurance system, such as the UK NHS, or through a pluralistic system that involves the government and private organisations.

    The college’s three-part position paper was published on its website ( It will appear in the 1 January issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The college has 124 000 members and is second only to the American Medical Association in membership.

    The college released the report “to provoke a national discussion, during this critical election year, on how to make the US the best performing healthcare system in the world . . . our country’s current pluralistic system without universal …

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