"As a healthcare provider myself, I believe healthcare should be a universal right, rather than a privilege for the rich. The movement for “Medicare for all” is very personal to me. For years, I’ve watched my parents opt out of healthcare due to high deductibles and/or copays even though they paid high premiums for their employer-sponsored coverage every month. I have been through a series of unpleasant encounters with third-party providers in an attempt to get the care my family deserves and desperately needs, but to no avail. I think this is the story of millions of Americans in this country who are left at the mercy of the profit seeking third-party providers. The high cost of medications and services are forcing Americans to choose between purchasing life-saving care or paying the cost for years to come. The current status-quo is unacceptable and a single payer system is the only logical solution."
Tashrique Rahman, PharmD, BCPS, MBA
Tashrique Rahman, PharmD, BCPS, MBA, is an Oncology pharmacist at SSM health Shawnee. He is a former Post Graduate year-1 pharmacy resident at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy and his Master in Business Administration from The Everett Dobson School of Business and Technology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2020.
Dr. Rahman is very active in the pharmacy world and has published a review article titled “Treatment of Chronic Refractory Cough in Adults: Focus on Neuromodulators and Other Therapeutic Modalities” in the sage journals. He has also published clinical pearls and numerous opinion pieces. Dr. Rahman has received several awards including the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Recognition award, the Irby Family Practice Grant, and the Walgreens Diversity, and Inclusion Excellence Award for all of his endeavors.
Dr. Rahman is passionate about single-payer advocacy. He is one of the co-founders of Pharmacists for Single Payer, a board member, and the research coordinator. He lives in Tulsa with his partner, a veterinarian, and their six animals (3 dogs and 3 cats). Dr. Rahman describes the household as a “petting zoo” that he is never going to financially recover from. In his free time, he enjoys riding bikes, kayaking, running, playing his guitar, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.