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[Perspectives] David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler: advocates for an equitable US health system

Back in 1979, Steffie Woolhandler interviewed for a residency position in Oakland, CA, USA, and was guided around the hospital by a resident called David Himmelstein. This turned out to be not only a moment of providence for both doctors, but also for advocacy efforts to promote an equitable US health system, which they have championed for the past three decades. “Within a few days of that first meeting, David and I realised we were kindred spirits, and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together”, Woolhandler says.