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Universal Health Care in Action: A Thought Experiment

When Oct 13, 2008
from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where Outreach Building, Innovation Park
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Join host Patty Satalia and experts as they discuss how a single-payer health care system might work. David Himmelstein, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program; Jonathan Marks, associate professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law at Penn State; and Chuck Pennacchio, executive director of Health Care 4 All PA as they discuss what a single payer universal health care system in the U.S. might look like. This public conversation will address the state of health care around the globe, debunk myths about a single payer health care system, and discuss the idea of health care as a fundamental right. 

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David U. Himmelstein, M.D.

Photo on event pageAssociate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Co-Founder of Physicians for a National Health Program

David U. Himmelstein, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and practices primary care internal medicine and serves as Chief of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at Cambridge Hospital.  He graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed a medical residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard.  His research focuses on access to medical care, quality of care in for-profit settings, medical bankruptcy, the administrative costs of medical care, and the feasibility of national health insurance.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and three books.  He co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program.