Economic Impact Study Released

Healthcare 4 All commissioned Gerald Friedman, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts to perform an Economic Impact Study on a Single Payer Healthcare System. His finding: Pennsylvania is on an unsustainable economic path. Health care costs are absorbing a growing share of personal income. Between 1991 and 2009, spending on health care in the Commonwealth increased by $60 billion, rising nearly twice as fast as state income.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan (PHCP) would put the state on a sustainable path by controlling health care costs while giving all citizens access to quality health care. It would establish a single – payer system to finance health care — paying for all necessary medical care including hospital care, visits to doctors / nurses, occupational and physical therapy, prescription drugs, medical devices, medically necessary nursing home care and home health care. Read a summary of the study or download the full study here.