Reviews and Commentaries

SGIM’s Endorsement of ACP’s Better Is Possible: Aligning Policy with Values. Wong CJ, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, McCormick D. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Oct 26:1–2.

The US Health Care System on the Eve of the Covid-19 Epidemic: A Summary of Recent Evidence on Its Impaired Performance. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. International Journal of Health Services. 2020 Jun 30:0020731420937631.

US law enforcement crowd control tactics at anti-racism protests: a public health threat. Gaffney AW, McCormick D, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. The Lancet. 2020 Jul 4;396(10243):21

Single-Payer Reform: Heed the Evidence, Not the Soothsayers. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Am J Public Health 2020.

The American College of Physicians’ Endorsement of Single-Payer Reform: A Sea Change for the Medical Profession. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2020 Jan 21;172:S60-1

COVID-19 and US Health Financing: Perils and Possibilities. Gaffney A, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. International Journal of Health Services. 2020 Jun 9:0020731420931431.

Single-payer reform: the only way to fulfill the President’s pledge of more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2019 Jun 4;170(11):824-

Single-Payer Reform—“Medicare for All”. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU JAMA.   Published online May 31, 2019. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7031

Medical Expenditures on and by Immigrant Populations in the United States: A Systematic Review. Flavin L, Zallman L, McCormick D, Wesley Boyd J. . Int J Health Serv. 2018 Oct;48(4):601-621. doi: 10.1177/0020731418791963. Epub 2018 Aug 8. PMID: 30088434

The Lancet Commission on public policy and health in the Trump era. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Cooney R, McKee M, Horton R. The Lancet. 2018 Sep 22;392(10152):993-5

Medicare for All and Its Rivals: New Offshoots of Old Health Policy Roots. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Ann Intern Med 2019;170(11):794-794.

Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act.  Himmelstein DU, Lawless RM, Thorne D, Foohey P, Woolhandler S. Am J Public Health 2019; 109:431-3.

Determined action needed on social determinants. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Annals of internal medicine. 2018 Apr 17;168(8):596-7.

It is Time to Liberate Hospitals from Profit-Centered Care.  Wolfe SM, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 2018 April 30.  Doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4448-0.  Editorial.  [Epub ahead of print]

The Relationship of Health Insurance and Mortality: Is Lack of Insurance Deadly?  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Annals of Internal Medicine 2017; 167(6):424-431.  doi: 10.7326/M17-1403.  Epub 2017 June 27.  Review.  PMID: 28655034.

Accountable Care Organizations’ Payments to Physicians: Patients Should Have the Right to Know.  Mansour M, Favini N, Carome MA, Wolfe S, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. American Journal of Public Health 2017; 107(8):1251-1252. 

The Affordable Care Act: How Nixon’s Health Reform Proposal became Democrats’ Albatross.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  International Journal of Health Services 2017; 47(4):612-620. 

Single-Payer Reform: The Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge of More Coverage, Better Benefits, and Lower Costs.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Annals of Internal Medicine 2017; 166(8):587-588. 

Trumpcare or Transformation.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  American Journal of Public Health 2017; 107(5):660–661.  doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303729.  Epub 2017 March 21.  PMID: 28323461.

The Obama Years: Tepid Palliation for America’s Health Scourges.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  American Journal of Public Health 2017; 107(1):22-24.  PMID: 27925803.

Inequality and the Health-Care System in the USA.  Dickman SL, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. The Lancet 2017; 389(10077):1431-1441.  doi: 10.1016/S0140-6136(17)30398-7.  Review.  PMID: 28402825

Should we Abandon Routine Visits?  There is Little Evidence for or Against.  Himmelstein DU, Phillips RS.  Annals of Internal Medicine 2016; 164(7):498-499.  doi: 10.7326/M15-2097.  Epub 2016 January 5.  Ideas & Opinions.  PMID: 26747523. 

Moving Forward from the Affordable Care Act to a Single-Payer System.  Gaffney A, Woolhandler S, Angell M, Himmelstein DU.  American Journal of Public Health 2016; 106(6):987-988. 

Single-Payer Health Reform: A Step toward Reducing Structural Racism in Health Care.  Caruso DF, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Harvard Public Health Review 2015; 6:1-8.

Collateral Damage: Pay-for-Performance Initiatives and Safety-Net Hospitals.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Annals of Internal Medicine 2015; 163(6):473-474.  doi: 10.7326/M15-1393.  Editorial.  PMID: 26343907.

Pay-for-Performance: Toxic to Quality? Insights from Behavioral Economics.  Himmelstein DU, Ariely D, Woolhandler S.  International Journal of Health Services 2014; 44(2):203-214.  Review.

Global Amnesia: Embracing Fee-for-Non-Service Again.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 2014; 29(5):693-695. 

Medicare Overpayments to Private Plans, 1985-2012: Shifting Seniors to Private Plans has already Cost Medicare US$282.6 Billion. Hellander I, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU International Journal of Health Services 2013; 43(2):305-319.  

Life or Debt: Underinsurance in America.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2013; 28(9):1122-1124. 

Health Crisis by the Numbers: Data Update from the Physicians for a National Health Program. Hellander I, Himmelstein D, Woolhandler S.  In: Estes C, editor. Health Policy Crisis and Rerform.  Burlington: Jones and Bartlett, 2012.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Crucial for Improving Health Care in the United States. Hochman M, McCormick D.  SAGE Debates on Health Care. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2012

Why Pay for Performance may be Incompatible with Quality Improvement.  Woolhandler S, Ariely D, Himmelstein DU.  British Medical Journal 2012; 345:e5015. 

Healthcare Reform 2.0.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Social Research 2011; 78(3):719-730. 

Obama’s Reform: No Cure for what Ails Us.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  British Medical Journal 2010; 340:c1778. 

US Health Care: Single-Payer or Market Reform.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. Urologic Clinics of North America 2009; 36(1):57-62. 

Privatization in a Publicly Funded Health Care System: The U.S. Experience.  Himmelstein DU, International Journal of Health Services 2008; 38(3):407-419.Woolhandler S. 

National Health Insurance or Incremental Reform: Aim High, or at our Feet? Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  American Journal of Public Health 2008; 98(Suppl 1):S65-S68.

The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim Its Moral Legacy? Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  New England Journal of Medicine 2008; 358(19):2080-2081.  

A Systematic Review of Studies Comparing Health Outcomes in Canada and the United States.Guyatt G, Devereaux PJ, Lexchin J, Stone SB, Yalnizyan A, Himmelstein D, Woolhandler S, Zhou Q, Goldsmith LJ, Cook DJ, Haines T, Lacchetti C, Lavis JN, Sullivan T, Mills E, Kraus S, Bhatnagar N.    Open Medicine 2007; 1(1):e27–e36.  Review.  PMID: 20101287.

Double Catastrophe: Injury Related Bankruptcies. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   Medical Care 2007; 45(8):699-701.  Editorial.

Massachusetts’ Approach to Universal Coverage: High Hopes and Faulty Economic Logic. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   International Journal of Health Services 2007; 37(2):251-257.

Our Health Care System at the Crossroads: Single Payer or Market Reform? Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Goodman JC, Sade RM.   The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2007; 84(5):1435-1446.  PMID: 17954044.
Competition in a Publicity Funded Health Care System.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  British Medical Journal (BMJ) 2007; 335(7630):1126–1129. 

Consumer Directed Health Care: Except for the Healthy and Wealthy it’s Unwise.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007; 22 (6):879-881.  doi: 1525-1497, 10.1007/s11606-007-0187-3.  Epub 2007 March 30.  Perspectives.  PMID: 17394044.

Discounting the Debtors will not make Medical Bankruptcy Disappear.  Himmelstein DU, Warren E, Thorne D, Woolhandler S.  Health Affairs (Millwood) 2006; 25(2):w84-88; discussion w93.  Epub 2006 February 28.  PMID: 16507556.

The New Massachusetts Health Reform: Half a Step Forward and Three Steps Back.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Hastings Center Reports 2006; 36(5):19-21.  doi: 10.1353/her.2006.0086.  Essay.  PMID: 17091694.

Uninsured in America (Book Review). Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  JAMA 2005; 293:2539-9.
Utilization Management: A Bad Review.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  American Journal of Medicine 2004; 117(9):703-705.  Editorial.

National Health Insurance: Falling Expectations and the Safety Net.  Woolhandler S., Himmelstein DU.  Medical Care 2004; 42(5):403-405.  Editorial.

Market Driven Medicine: Inflated Prices, Inferior Care. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Health Matters (UK) 2004; 57:12-13.

Hope and Hype: Predicting the Impact of Electronic Medical Records.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Health Affairs (Millwood) 2005; 24(5):1121-1123

The High Costs of For-Profit Care. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Canadian Medical 4Association Journal 2004; 170(12):1814-1815.  Commentary

National Health Insurance or Incremental Reform?  Aim High, or at Our Feet?  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  American Journal of Public Health 2003; 93(1):102-105.

Physicians’ Working Group for single-Payer National Health Insurance.  Proposal of the Physicians’ Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Angell M, Young QD. JAMA 2003; 290(6):798-805.  Special Communication.

National Health Insurance: Liberal Benefits, Conservative Spending.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Archives of Internal Medicine 2002; 162(9):973-975.

Is Inequality Bad for Your Health?  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein D.  Lost in Translation.  In: Daniels N, Kennedy B, Kawachi I, editors.  Boston: Beacon, 2000.

A National Health Program for the United States: A Physicians’ Proposal. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   In: Harrington C, Estes C, editors.  Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.

Quality of Care in Investor-Owned vs Not-for-profit HMOs. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Hellander I, Wolfe SM.  In: Harrington C, Estes C, editors.  Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.

Medical Care Employment in the United States, 1968-1993. Himmelstein DU, Lewontin JP, Woolhandler S.  In: Harrington C, Estes C, editors.  Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.

When Money is the Mission: The High Costs of Investor-Owned Care. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. In: Harrington C, Estes C, editors.  Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.

Going Bare: Trends in Health Insurance Coverage, 1989 through 1996.  Carrasquillo O, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Bor DH. In: Harrington C, Estes C, editors.  Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2000.

When Money is the Mission – The High Costs of Investor-Owned Care.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  New England Journal of Medicine 1999; 341(6):444-446.  Invited Editorial.

The Rising Costs of Health Care.   Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  In: Charmaz K, Paterniti DA, editors.  Health, Illness, and Healing.  Los Angeles: Roxbury, 1999.

The Canadian System.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  In: Charmaz K, Paterniti DA, editors.  Health, Illness, and Healing.  Los Angeles: Roxbury, 1999.

Respect, Satisfaction, and Health Care: Canada and the U.S.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  In: Charmaz K, Paterniti DA, editors.  Health, Illness, and Healing.  Los Angeles: Roxbury, 1999.

Race and Infant Mortality.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  In: Charmaz K, Paterniti DA, editors.  Health, Illness, and Healing.  Los Angeles: Roxbury, 1999.

Clinton’s Health Plan: Prudential’s Choice.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  International Journal of Health Services 1994; 24(4):583-592.

Questions and Answers about Managed Competition.  Clancy CM, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  International Journal of Health Services 1993; 23(2):213-218. 

High Noon for U.S. Health Care Reform.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Young Q.  International Journal of Health Services 1993; 23(2):193-211.

Mangled Competition.  Himmelstein DU, Wolfe SM, Woolhandler S.  The American Prospect 1993; 4(13):116-121.

Resolving the Cost/Access Conflict: The Case for a National Health Program.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 1989; 4(1):54-60.

A National Long-Term Care Program for the United States. A Caring Vision.  Harrington C, Cassell C, Estes CL, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  JAMA, 1991; 266(21):3023-3029.

The Jackson National Health Program. Navarro V, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  International Journal of Health Services 1989; 19(1):19-44.

A National Health Program:  Northern Light at the End of the Tunnel.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  JAMA 1989; 262(15):2136-2137.

The Corporate Compromise: A Marxist View of Health Maintenance Organizations and Prospective Payment.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Annals of Internal Medicine 1988; 109(6):494-501.  Review.

NHS at 50. An American View. National Health Service.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  The Lancet 1998; 352(9121):54-55.  Invited Editorial.

The Silence of the Doctors: Fifty Years after Nuremberg.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 1998; 13(6):422-423.  Editorial.

Public Opinion on Health Care Reform. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   In: Chernomas R, Sepehari A, editors.  How to Choose? A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Health Care Systems.  Amityville: Baywood, 1998.
Canada’s National Health Program. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   In: Chernomas R, Sepehari A, editors.  How to Choose? A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Health Care Systems.  Amityville: Baywood, 1998.

The Vanishing Health Care Safety Net: New Data on Uninsured Americans. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Wolfe SM.   In: Chernomas R, Sepehari A, editors.  How to Choose? A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Health Care Systems. Amityville: Baywood, 1998.

A National Long-Term Care Program for the United States: A Caring Vision. Harrington C, Cassell C, Estes CL, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   In: Harrington C, Estes CL, editors.  Health Policy and Nursing.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1997.

A National Health Program for the United States: A Physicians’ Proposal. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.    In: Harrington C, Estes CL, editors.  Health Policy and Nursing.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1997.

Extreme Risk – The New Corporate Proposition for Physicians. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   In: Harrington C, Estes CL, editors.  Health Policy and Nursing.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1997.

Health Care Paper Chase, 1993: The Cost to the Nation, the States, and the District of Columbia. Hellander I, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Wolfe S.   In: Harrington C, Estes CL, editors.  Health Policy and Nursing.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1997.

Care Denied: U.S. Residents who are Unable to Obtain Needed Medical Services. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   In: Harrington C, Estes CL, editors.  Health Policy and Nursing.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1997.

Bound to Gag.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  Archives in Internal Medicine 1997; 157(18):2033.  Editorial.

Managed Care and Women’s Health. Woolhandler S.   Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association 1997; 52(2):50-51.  Editorial.

Annotation: Patients on the Auction Block. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   American Journal of Public Health 1996; 86(12):1699-1700.

Extreme Risk: The New Corporate Proposition for Physicians. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   New England Journal of Medicine 1995; 333(25):1706-1708.  Editorial.

The Tobacco/Health-Insurance Connection.  Boyd JW, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  The Lancet 1995; 346(8967):64.  Commentary.  https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(95)92104-4

Liberal Benefits, Conservative Spending:  The Physicians for a National Health Program Proposal. Grumbach K, Bodenheimer T, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   In: McKenzie NF, editor.  Beyond Crisis:  Confronting Health Care in the United States.  New York:  Meridian, 1994.

Resolving the Cost-Access Conflict:  The case for a National Health Program. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   In: Lemco J, editor.  National Health Care:  Lessons for the United States and Canada.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Socialized Medicine:  A Solution to the Cost Crisis in Health Care in the United States.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  In: Navarro V, editor.  Why the United States Does Not Have a National Health Program.  Amityville: Baywood, 1992.

The Jackson National Health Program. Navarro V, Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.   In: Navarro V, editor.  Why the United States Does Not Have a National Health Program.  Amityville: Baywood, 1992.

Free Care: A Quantitative Analysis of Health and Cost Effects of a National Health Program for the United States. Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.   In: Navarro V, editor.  Why the United States Does Not Have a National Health Program.  Amityville: Baywood, 1992.

The Case for a National Health Program.  Himmelstein DU.  Journal of the National Medical Association 1991; 83(12):1049-1053.  Guest Editorial.

The Case for a National Health Program. Woolhandler S.   In: Hamner JE, editor.  Universal Health Care Coverage in the U.S.  Memphis:  Univ. of Tennessee, 1991.

Hematuria and Proteinuria. In: Goldbloom RB and Lawrence RS, editors.  Woolhandler S, Pels RJ, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU, Lawrence RS.  Preventing Disease: Beyond the Rhetoric.  New York: Springer-Verlag, 1990.

Ideology in Medical Science: Class in the Clinic.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  Social Science & Medicine 1989; 28(11):1205-1209.  Review.  MOVE

Dipstick Urinalysis Screening of Asymptomatic Adults for Urinary Tract Disorders. I. Hematuria and Proteinuria. Woolhandler S, Pels R, Bor DH, Himmelstein DU, Lawrence RS. JAMA 1989; 262(9):1214-1219.  Review.

Transplanted Technology: Third World Options and First World Science.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Labar B, Lang S.  New England Journal of Medicine 1987; 317(8):504-506.

Physicians for a National Health Program.  Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU.  International Journal of Health Services 1987; 17(4):703-706.

Socialized Medicine: A Solution to the Cost Crisis in Health Care in the United States.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S. International Journal of Health Services 1986; 16(3):339-354.

Free Care, Cholestyramine, and Health Policy. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  New England Journal of Medicine 1984; 311(23):1511-1514.  Editorial.

Pitfalls of Private Medicine: Health Care in the USA.  Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S.  The Lancet 1984; 2(8399): 391-394.

Yugoslavia: Equity and Imported Ethical Dilemmas.  Lang S, Woolhandler S, Bantic S, Himmelstein DU.  Hastings Center Reports 1984; 14 (6): 26-27.

The Yugoslav Health System: Public Ownership and Local Control. Himmelstein DU, Woolhandler S, Lang S. Journal of Public Health Policy 1984; 5(3):423-431.

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