Reception for Dr. Friedman
May 16, Gerald Friedman, PhD, Economist , University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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, Ashland, Corvallis, Bend and Portland.
Here is a recorded 5 minute concise message from Gerald Friedman in a May 9 interview by KLCC in Eugene.
The Oregon tour is sponsored by Physicans for National Health Program , Oregon chapters: Health Care for ALL Oregon, and Main Street Alliance of Oregon.
At noon, Friday, May 16 in Corvallis, Dr. Friedman will talk about U.S. Health Care in comparison to health care systems in other developed countries at OSU Hallie Ford Center, room 115, Campus Way and 26th St. Center for Global Health, OSU College of Health and Human Services, and The Hundere Foundation, OSU College of Liberal Art are co-sponsors.
At 7 p.m., May 16 in Corvallis, Dr. Friedman’s talk “Best Health Care?”, will focus on can we afford health care for ALL at Dennis Hall ,First Presbyterian Church, 9th and Monroe. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions.Physicians for National Health Program, Corvallis chapter and Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates are also co-sponsoring the OSU and Dennis Hall events.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.Immediately following the presentation in Dennis Hall, a reception will provide opportunities for participants to talk with Dr. Friedman. Tickets for the reception are $15 and tickets are available through MVHCA website (see below) and at WineStyles and Grass Roots Book Store in Corvallis.
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.