January 16th, 2009
With soaring health care costs becoming an increasing drag on the pocketbooks of individuals and businesses alike, we’ll explore why medical costs have climbed so far and what can be done about it. With all the talk of a new administration reforming health care, we’ll help explain what is in the realm of possibility and what are pipe dreams, on this week’s Business Matters.
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Veteran reporter Trudy Lieberman is the president of the Association of Health Journalists, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping the public understand health care issues. She’s also director of the health and medicine reporting program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. For 29 years she covered economic, health policy, and health financing issues at Consumer Reports, and she’s a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, where she covered the health care proposals of the presidential candidates this year on their campaign blog.
Kevin Scanlan is president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), which is made up of more than 140 hospitals and health care organizations working in health care services in the Chicago area. Scanlan has been involved in the spearheading many of MCHC’s most successful programs, including the Illinois Poison Center, supply chain management, employee benefits and human resources programs.
David Erickson is responsible for the management of Hudson River Health Care’s Migrant Voucher Program and Migrant Outreach Programs. Since the 1970s, Hudson River HealthCare has provided health and educational services designed to help vulnerable populations throughout New York State’s Hudson Valley. Beginning with four women and a single location, Hudson River HealthCare has grown to to include thirteen health center sites and mobile healthcare services delivering primary, preventive and behavioral healthcare throughout a nine county region to over 42,000 people.
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