Welcome to Prescription for Healthcare, a podcast collaboration between the WFHB Local News and Medicare for All Indiana. This month, we interview Rose Roach, former director of the Minnesota Nurses Association and currently National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. She talks about how nurses and doctors around the country are joining unions as they push back against the growing corporatization of the healthcare “industry.”
“Doctors and nurses are the conscience of health care. They are the voice for us as patients,” says Roach. “Corporate health care doesn’t give two hoots about us, but not so when it comes to our doctors and our nurses. It is now evident that the only way to radically change a health care system that is nothing more than a health care marketplace these days, that is being bought up by Wall Street solely for the purpose of generating profit, is to radically engage care providers in the collective struggle that we are all in for a humane, patient-provider centered system.”
Roach believes that more physicians are exploring unions as a way to ensure their ability to practice medicine as they’ve been trained to do. Not according to corporate bosses who have been trained to make money. “No one should profit from another human being suffering,” she says.
This month, we also feature an article about nurses at IU Health’s University and Methodist hospitals eyeing unionizing. The story highlights how workers are coming together in response to growing concerns about workplace safety and working conditions. The article also discusses why unionizing can help protect workers’ rights and provide them with better benefits and protections.
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