Physicians should support mandatory employer-sponsored health coverage and the tax increases necessary to fund expanded healthcare coverage, two executives with Partners HealthCare System wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine article published Thursday.
The article dealt mostly with reforms in Massachusetts, where Partners is located, but the authors noted that their views on funding healthcare for all persons are aimed at a national audience. James Mongan, chief executive officer of Partners, and Thomas Lee, president of Partners' physician network, wondered in their article how a country as powerful as the U.S. could not succeed in providing universal care, then offered an answer to their own question: perhaps the U.S. is not as "idealistic or generous as we would like to believe we are," they wrote.
The authors acknowledged in the article that creating a new source of funding for healthcare would benefit hospitals and doctors. Mongan also admitted that their hospitals would likely be in better shape if they did not provide care to large numbers of uninsured patients. Read the article at the journal's Web site. Registration is required.