Presentation and Discussion on the Corporate Transformation of Healthcare

Where: 13ainbridge Collective, 1300 Bainbridge St.
When: December 5th, 7pm
Health care: the art and budding science of caring for others. Yet, in the past half-century it increasingly became entangled with corporate interests and attempts to maximize profits at the expense of compassion and common sense. Now health care consumes almost 1/5 of our entire GDP, yet almost 20 million of us will still remain uninsured despite reform. As a nation, our health is average at best, trailing behind most industrialized countries on measures of infant mortality, lifespan, and other important indicators.

Come learn about how the quest for profit has affected American healthcare! We will talk about the roles that insurance companies, hospitals, and pharma have all played in making America’s health care system the world’s most expensive. Then we will go over previous attempts at reform and who the major drivers were at each point in time. Then we will talk about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and how it further solidifies the current system of private insurance while containing no proven cost-containment measures.

Finally and most importantly, we will discuss how to move forward and what some possible humanitarian solutions are for a just society. What does it mean for healthcare to be a right and not a commodity? What will we shape the future of American health care to be?

Health care professionals, students, and community members all encouraged to come! Non-traditional viewpoints respected and welcomed.

Facilitated by Victoria Powell, medical student at MCV and co-founder of VCU Student Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

7:00 – 7:45 – presentation
7:45 – 8:30 – discussion

**Please take this totally optional, less-than-5-minute survey to better help shape the class to fit interests and background of participants!** Thank you!!
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~ by flyingbrickrva on November 29, 2012.

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