Andrea S. Christopher, MD

Andrea S. Christopher, MD, MPH is an internist at the Cambridge Health Alliance and fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She received her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of Washington and completed her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Christopher’s research focuses on disparities in access to health care for vulnerable populations, specifically the financial burden of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses and the impact of health insurance on chronic disease management.

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Single payer healthcare: Pluses, minuses, and what it means for you

Although the United States spends more on healthcare than other developed countries, it has the lowest life expectancy and performs poorly in terms of health outcomes. In order to address the problems with the current healthcare system, some doctors and health policy experts suggest transitioning to a single payer healthcare system, where a single public agency would take control of financing healthcare for all residents. Proponents of this system suggest it could better control overall healthcare costs, improve health inequalities and a move towards a universal healthcare system that would provide better care for uninsured or under-insured Americans.