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Patients Over Profits: Address Greed In Health Care
October 5, 2023 @ 8:00 pm–9:00 pm EDT
The changing health care landscape has given rise to private equity, venture capitalism, and money-driven motives in health care. More than the American capitalist way, the growing intrusion of profit-focus above patient care cannot be ignored. How do we, as physicians and health care allies, address the threat of greed in our institutions and in ourselves? Using Dr. Don Berwick’s landmark article “Salve Lucrum: The Existential Greed in US Health Care” as a guide, Doctors for America is committed to patients over profit, and advocating for an equitable, accessible, and universal health care system. Please join us on October 5th at 8pm ET as we explore the exploitative economics of the U.S. health care system with lauded economist Len Nichols, PhD and what we can do as physicians, medical students, and members of the health care team to be patient-centered advocates.
Kate Kelley – Moderator
Kate Kelley is a board certified family medicine physician and current addiction medicine fellow at MetroHealth, the safety-net county hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She currently serves as the chair of the Doctors for America Addressing Greed in Health Care committee, and is the immediate past chair of the Access to Affordable Care impact area. She holds a Doctorate of Medicine from Northeast Ohio Medical University and a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. She has a passion for equity in our health care system, and believes in the power of community in bringing universal health care to the United States. In her free time she likes to jog, cook, travel, read, and spend time with her family and friends on the shores of Lake Erie and beyond.
Len Nichol – Speaker
Len M. Nichols is a health economist with a long history of commitment to health care justice. [For the 2017 Women’s march, he designed a tee shirt that in big bold letters said “liberty, justice and health care for all.”] Len’s career has spanned academia (Wellesley College and George Mason University), public policy research institutions (Urban, Mathematica, New America Foundation), and government (Office of Management and Budget, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Federal Trade Commission. Since his experience as senior advisor for health policy in the Clinton administration, Nichols has consistently added moral arguments to technical health and social policy debates. He is a popular speaker at activist and academic meetings. His current Collaborative Approach to Public Goods Investment, or CAPGI, project at Urban is the culmination of lessons learned while teaching, researching, writing, testifying, advising, and listening throughout his career. Len earned his BA from Hendrix College in 1975, his MA in economics from the University of Arkansas in 1976, and his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.
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