Cape Care Coalition Press Releases and eNews
For immediate release: July 27, 2007
Press contact: Candace Perry, 1-877-700-8070
Single Payer Health Care on Cape Cod
Presidential candidates are developing their versions of health care reform, polls show that 64% of the U.S. public support universal health care, and the film SICKO is drawing crowds and positive reviews. On Cape Cod, a group of concerned citizens have taken health care reform into their own hands.
Some three years ago, a grassroots effort was launched to create a single payer, community owned health care plan, known as Cape Care, for all residents of Cape Cod. Single payer refers to a central collection of revenue sources and disbursement of payments for health care, and is the only effective way to cover everyone, largely due to efficient and not-for-profit administration. In 2006, the Cape Care Coalition organized a non-binding resolution to support the concept, which passed in an overwhelming majority of towns. Since then, efforts have gone into further development of the plan itself.
The first draft model is now available at www.capecare.info, as a framework for public comment and dialogue to help refine and shape the plan over the next year.
Dr. Brian O'Malley, one of the model's authors, said, "By giving meaning to the word 'system' in 'health care system', not only health care consumers, but our entire health care network will be better served."
There are many and varied systems around the world for actual universal health care delivery. The Cape Care model would not change the existing medical practices and institutions, but would ensure coverage for everyone and centralize payment for care.
Candace Perry, Cape Care Coalition coordinator, points out: "Universal health care is based on the premise that health care is a basic right, a social good and responsibility akin to public education, libraries, police and fire protection."
The Cape Care Coalition consists of Cape Cod residents, including health and human service professionals and public officials. Help of all kinds is welcome, in order to make this a truly Capewide community effort. For more information or to volunteer, call 1-877-700-8070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.