Experts and policy makers debate the question: What must America do to provide accessible, affordable, quality healthcare to its citizens? Panelists include Sally Pipes, Mike Fallon, Senator Irene Augilar, and Elinor Christiansen.
Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D. of Colorado State District 32.
Dr. Elinor Christiansen
Elinor Christiansen has been a member of the American Medical Women's Association since 1955 when she earned her MD from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (now known as MCP-HU).
Her diverse medical career has involved a private practice in general practice in Ohio; maternal and child health in the inner city clinics of Denver, CO; School Health for Denver Public Schools; college health at Colorado Women's College for 2 years; and 18 years at University of Denver Student Health Service where she was a staff physician and also medical director the last 9 years. She was also part of the clinical faculty in Family Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Director and staff physician at Columbine Family Health Center.
Mike Fallon, M.D. is a Doctor of Emergency Medicine.
Jim Geddes, M.D. University of Colorado Regent.
Sally Pipes is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. In November 2010, she was named the Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies. Prior to becoming President of PRI in 1991, she was Assistant Director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. Pipes' latest book, The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare, is a follow-up on her book The Truth About Obamacare (2010). She writes a weekly health care column called “Piping Up” for Forbes.com.
Doctor Mike Fallon highlights the fallacy of our current healthcare system by telling the story of two patients who sought unnecessary medical treatment simply because their insurance would cover the costs. Conversely, Fallson says, "People without insurance make good decisions because they have skin in the game."
System for the advance financing of medical expenses through contributions or taxes paid into a common fund to pay for all or part of health services specified in an insurance policy or law. The key elements are advance payment of premiums or taxes, pooling of funds, and eligibility for benefits on the basis of contributions or employment without an income or assets test. Health insurance may apply to a limited or comprehensive range of medical services and may provide for full or partial payment of the costs of specific services. Benefits may consist of the right to certain medical services or reimbursement of the insured for specified medical costs. Private health insurance is organized and administered by an insurance company or other private agency; public health insurance is run by the government (seesocial insurance). Both forms of health insurance are to be distinguished from socialized medicine and government medical-care programs, in which doctors are employed directly or indirectly by the goverment, which also owns the health-care facilities (e.g., Britain's National Health Service). See alsoinsurance.