Everyone has a right to affordable healthcare, yet there is a growing gap in the provision of healthcare to every American. This problem does not exist in other industrialized countries, but Congress is paralyzed on this issue. As a result, health disparities and injustice are increasing.
So how can we solve this intractable problem? There are solutions, and we need to address them now.
Dr. Ed Weisbart MD, CPE, FAAFP, is an expert on the profoundly simple idea of expanding Medicare to every American. If it works for those over 65, why can’t it work for everyone? Dr. Weisbart will discuss several elements of this issue at two public presentations, one in Chapel Hill and one in Durham.
Opportunity 1: “The Fiscal Conservative’s Case for Medicare for All …”
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
… how one simple paradigm shift can reduce the national debt, give patients freedom to choose their providers, make care delivery a truly free market, and reduce the drain of healthcare on GDP dollars …
Opportunity 2: “Reducing healthcare disparities among the poor …”
Friday, May 4, 9:30 am to 11.30am at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham 27707
… the current system of providing health insurance results in the poor being disadvantaged and this bleeds into racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Weisbart will explore how Medicare for All can reduce these disparities.
Dr. Weisbart chairs the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 30-year-old non-profit research and education organization of more than 21,000 physicians, nurses, other health professionals and students, and others who support single-payer national health insurance.
He is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as vice president of Consumers Council of Missouri.
He received his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1979, completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in family medicine education at Michigan State University in 1982, and practiced family medicine at Rush Medical Center in Chicago for twenty years. He served as Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts from 2003 to 2010.
Dr. Weisbart has had several articles published in both national medical journals and local media regarding the healthcare needs of the uninsured.
- Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church of North Carolina
- Health Care for All NC – a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program www.healthcareforallnc.org
- Healthcare for All, Y’all – an advocacy organization promoting the Medicare for All www.hptaction.org/healthcare/
- Corridor District United Methodist Church – Durham/Chapel Hill
- North Carolina Council of Churches