Medicare: How should the biggest buyer in the world pay for innovation for new medicines?
March 18th, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9pm
Jamie Love, MPA
Director of Knowledge Ecology International
(formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader).
Besides saving lives, a single-payer system saves money because it cuts out the profits and administrative wastes of private health insurance, allows for global budgeting, and gives the single payer the ability to negotiate prices on medications, services and devices.
Medicare is currently forbidden by law to negotiate drug prices, resulting in wasted public dollars and lack of access to needed medications by millions of seniors and the disabled.
The push to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices is gaining momentum. Bills have been introduced in Congress. Will winning this battle—based on a fundamental principle of a single-payer system--be the path toward improved Medicare for all? And how would proposed provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect governments' abilities to negotiate drug prices?
Jamie Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), formerly Consumer Project on Technology, founded by Ralph Nader in 1995. In 2006, KEI received a MacArthur Award for its work on how knowledge and intellectual property rights can be directed to address human needs. A leading international expert on drug access, Love advises UN agencies, national governments, intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs.
Where: Beth Israel's Phillips Ambulatory Care Center - 10 Union Square East @ E.14th St., 2nd Floor Auditorium
All forums are free and open to the public.
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is a nonprofit organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students, and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. PNHP-NY Metro is one of over 40 chapters across the country.
- 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.
- PNHP educates physicians, other health workers, and the general public on the need for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care program, equitably-accessible to all residents of the United States.
- PNHP views this campaign as part of the campaign for social justice in the United States; opposing for-profit control, and especially corporate control, of the health system in favor of democratic control, public administration, and single-payer financing.