The Oregon Health Care Revolution Has Begun! Lecture with Health Care Economist Gerald Friedman
Gerald Friedman, PhD, Economist , University of Massachusetts – Amherst will tour Oregon mid-May, speaking to health care practitioners, business leaders, health care activists and other interested persons in Pendleton, La Grande, Eugene, Medford, Corvallis, Bend and Portland.
The Oregon tour is sponsored by Physicans for a National Health Program–Oregon chapters, Health Care for ALL Oregon, and the Main Street Alliance of Oregon which represents small business.
At 7pm, Thursday, May 15 in Medford, Dr. Friedman will talk about U.S. Health Care in comparison to health care systems in other developed countries. The location is the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, room HEC-132, 101 S. Bartlett Street.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
The recent fiscal study by Dr. Friedman reports that upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield over half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings its first year of operation, enough to pay for high quality comprehensive benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses.
Dr.Friedman’s study is based on analysis of HR 676, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, extending Medicare to all US residents within a single risk pool, frequently described as a “single payer”. The study centers on the nation’s health insurance system, where competition among private payers leads to administrative redundancy which increases costs without improving health.
In addition to Dr. Friedman’s study of HR676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for ALL, Dr. Friedman has published four state studies of single risk pool health systems.
Health Care for All Oregon
Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) is the a coalition of more than eighty organizations representing labor, businesses, health care professionals, faith communities and groups of diverse citizen activists around the state. HCAO-Rogue Valley is one of HCAO’s statewide chapters representing Jackson and Josephine Counties in southern Oregon.The mission of Health Care for All Oregon – Rogue Valley is to create a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the United States. Like police and fire protection, good school and clean water, health care is something we all need. Until we all have access to high-quality care, we aren’t living up to our American ideal of a just society. You can SUPPORT HCAO with your donations.