Video: Do Americans Get Too Much Health Care?
Author and internationally known essayist Shannon Brownlee will discuss the problems and future of health care in the United States during three days of lectures, seminars and presentations at Alma College.
Brownlee’s visit to Alma College from Monday, Oct. 4 through Wednesday, Oct. 6 includes a public talk on “Now What? Getting Better Care Out of Health Reform” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Dow Science Center Room L-1. Admission is free and open to the public.
In her book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, Brownlee argues that, “Each year, our medical system delivers an enormous amount of care that does nothing to improve our health or lengthen our lives.” While she does not deny the importance of medical treatment or life-saving drugs, she does say she is concerned about unnecessary spending, prescriptions and operations.
From her Website Overtreated.com, Brownlee writes, “Between 20 and 30 cents on every health care dollar we spend goes towards useless treatments and hospitalizations, towards CT scans we don’t need, towards ineffective surgeries—towards care that not only does nothing to improve our health, but that we wouldn’t want if we understood how dangerous it can be. This is the surprising and deeply counterintuitive message of Overtreated.”
Overtreated was named the best economics book of 2007 by New York Times correspondent David Leonhardt and has been used by legislators and policy makers to craft health care reform legislation.
Other publications, such as New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly and Los Angeles Times, have featured Brownlee’s work and resulted in multiple honors for the writer, including the American Society of Journalists’ June Roth Award for Medical Journalism, Association of Health Care Journalists Award of Excellence, Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Reporting, and more.
Brownlee visits Alma College as a Woodrow Wilson Speaker, part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. Administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., the Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement for more than 35 years.
In addition to conversing with students and faculty at Alma College, Brownlee will meet with members of the health care community in Gratiot County, including physicians, hospital administrators and county commissioners, says Murray Borrello, co-director of the Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership.
“We’re delighted that Shannon Brownlee will also have time to get to know our campus and to explore, in depth, how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society,” he says.
Posted: Mon, September 27th, 2010 at 12:51AM