Panel Discussion: Experiences Without Insurance, Oct. 17

Please join us for a panel discussion centering the stories, experiences and perspectives of underinsurance in the United States. The discussion will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 via Zoom.

This panel features real patients, physicians and family members who have been affected by the shortcomings of privatized health care, all of whom have generously agreed to share their time and stories with us.

Many of us find the politics of health care uninteresting, the economic consid­erations confusing and the bulk of data on this issue more overwhelming than compelling.

However, the experiences of individuals remind us that this crucially important issue is much more than any abstract concept of policy—it is a present problem with real and often devastating consequences.

In this panel, you will gain the opportunity to:

  • Hear from patients forced to choose between suboptimal care or ruinous medical debt just to stay alive.
  • Listen to physicians who struggle to fulfill their responsibilities of care while bound by financial limitations and bureaucratic restrictions.
  • Ask questions and discuss health care with individuals on both sides of the Medicare For All debate.
  • Consider your role in the medical system, as both a future physician and (eventually) a likely patient.

Submitted by Michael Massey (M2),

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