Welcome to Granite State PNHP
Physicians for a National Health Program is a nonprofit organization of 17,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. This is the website of the New Hampshire chapter of PNHP.

Chapter News

You are all invited!
In solidarity with the Occupy movement, we will be joining Occupy Plymouth on December 3, 2011 in Plymouth NH, at the downtown common from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We will be recording the video component of a song highlighting our work toward health care for all. The resulting video will be posted to YouTube and other social media websites. We need your help: a show of force by our members will help put this video in motion. Please wear your white coats/scrubs and stethoscopes. We hope to see you there!

To listen to the song and read the lyrics, please click on the links below:

A Resolution Endorsing Debate on the National Health Insurance Act

PNHP President Oliver Fein made a campaign style visit to New Hampshire on June 10-12, 2010.

Dr Fein had eleven events in two days including morning breakfast with colleagues, a radio talk show interview, presentation to the Portsmouth Rotary Club, a public forum on single payer, dinner with local activists in Hanover, medical Grand Rounds at Dartmouth, meetings with medical students/residents, a press briefing with the editorial board of the Concord Monitor, and another public forum in Concord followed by an activists dinner.

Click here for additional information on Dr. Fein's visit.

NH Medical Society Single Payer Study Group.

New Hampshire Physician Survey
The survey found that 81% of responding physicians agree healthcare should be “available to all citizens as part of the social contract, a right similar to basic education, police and fire protection,” with 94% of primary care physicians endorsing this view.

Press Release from NHMS

NH Democrats Endorse HR 676
On May 17, 2008 a resolution endorsing HR676 - The National Health Insurance Act - was passed unanimously by the NH Democratic Party Resolutions Committee and was also voted in unanimously by the delegates at the NHDP Convention.

Click here to download a photo slideshow of the convention.

Local Organizations Endorsing Single Payer and HR676

Click here to read more.

Speakers Bureau

To request a Granite State PNHP speaker, please e-mail us.

What is single payer? A radio interview with Dr. Tom Clairmont

By WSCA Radio, 106.1 FM, Portsmouth, N.H.

Dr. Thomas Clairmont, a leader of Physicians for a National Health Program in New Hampshire, gave the following radio interview to WSCA, Portsmouth Community Radio, on May 1, 2012. In the course of the interview Dr. Clairmont provides a rather comprehensive exposition of what a single-payer system will look like. This audio recording lasts about 30 minutes.

For the Press

National Press releases

NH Press Releases

NH Physician Survey Press Release

Articles of Interest

In Big Pharma's grasp
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010

By ROB KIEFNER | Letter to the editor | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
While the unholy and enigmatic alliances between lobbyists, insurance companies and their friends in Congress are responsible in large part for the unsettling vicissitudes of health care reform, Big Pharma must surely share in the blame game as well.


Universal health care would cost U.S. less
Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010
H. Dixon Turner, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
Like Sen. Judd Gregg, I also believe Congress needs to start over with its health care efforts — but for very different reasons.

Sen.-elect Brown may be health care reform’s unwitting savior
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010
By Barbara Power | Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph
Do you have reliable, affordable, high-quality health care, guaranteed for life? Do all of your children? Parents? Grandchildren? Friends and neighbors? If so, congratulations.

Keep your doc, ditch Wall Street
Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010
By John R. Swartz | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Republican strategist Bob Luntz wrote it's not what you say but what people hear. He was correct. I keep hearing the phrase, "government-run health care," which is purposely vague and undefined. However, it frightens people who think that they will be forced to leave their current doctor and report to a dull gray building where they will receive poor treatment from a government doctor who graduated at the bottom of the class.

Health-care fix is Medicare for all
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010
Thomas Clairmont, MD | The Telegraph (Nashua, NH)
The current health care bills should be rejected. With 45 million people uninsured, 45,000 deaths annually due to lack of insurance, and nearly a million medical bankruptcies a year, a four-year delay in medical reform is unacceptable. Medicare was in place eleven months after passage in 1965.

Will reform bill help my patients? I'm skeptical
Posted on Monday, December 7, 2009
By ROB KIEFNER | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Amid chaos, misinformation and misunderstanding, the health care reform bill was nudged through the House of Representatives by the narrowest of margins. By not letting the facts get in the way of their blustering arguments, wacky lawmakers from both sides of the aisle offered lots of hype and heft, at times bench pressing the actual 2,100-page document to underscore the strength of their positions.

More physicians backing national coverage -- study