Mass-Care Endorses Don Berwick for Governor
Boston, MA – Today, Mass-Care announced its endorsement of Dr. Don Berwick for governor. “Rising health care costs are crippling the economy in Massachusetts, hurting families, and hindering clinicians,” said Ture Turnbull, Executive Director. “Dr. Berwick understands this, and I’m pleased to announce Mass-Care’s endorsement of his candidacy.”
Berwick said that it was time to “explore seriously the possibility of a single payer system in Massachusetts. The complexity of our health care payment system adds costs, uncertainties, and hassles for everyone – patients, families, doctors, and employers.” He added that he would work with the legislature “to assemble a multi-stakeholder single payer advisory panel to investigate and report back within one year on whether and how Massachusetts should consider a single payer option.”
In his campaign, Berwick has consistently emphasized the need to address ballooning health care costs through coordinated care and prevention. He says the existing fee
s-for-service s system is inherently flawed.
“The current health care payment system pays most hospitals and doctors for volume rather than for results. And it is not sufficiently focused on the upstream prevention of disease,” Berwick said. “Those high costs come right out of the wages of workers – in taxes, deductions, and out-of-pocket payments – and rob both government and families of opportunities to use their hard earned income for other important purposes.”
Mass-Care supports establishing a single payer health care system in Massachusetts as the most effective way to control costs. In a fast moving election cycle, it is very important to become involved as soon as possible to support Dr. Berwick through the democratic process. As the Democratic State Convention is fast approaching on June 13 and 14, the time to act and become involved with your local caucus is now!