Dec 23, 2019
An open discussion with local health professionals and community experts on how we get there on Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:30-noon at Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa.
Our current healthcare “system” is overpriced, underperforming and inequitable. As health professionals and community activists in Sonoma County, we believe that bold, meaningful changes are desperately needed.
Our costs are by far the highest in the world and we don’t adequately cover everyone. More than ½ million people go bankrupt from medical bills each year, and most of those people have some form of insurance!
But, do we get good value? Reliable measures of quality show that 33 countries have better quality of care than we do. The care in most of those countries produces better results, is more efficient, less error-prone, and removes cost as a barrier to care
Why are costs so high and the quality so low? Corporations extract billions of dollars a year in profits, and redirect resources to fund administrators, rather than care.
Last year, 66.1 million American workers separated from their jobs, losing their job-based insurance. We all deserve lifelong, seamless coverage, ending the disruptive churn of job-based plans.
Medicare for All?
How would we pay for it?
What would it mean for me?
We will lead an open discussion with health professionals and community activists that will examine how it is done in other countries, honestly explore the pros and cons of the current options in the U.S. and offer a menu of action steps.
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