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Piloting Affordable Healthcare

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jim Rodriguez, executive director of the 3-Share program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, talks about a pilot program in Texas aimed at providing affordable health coverage to small businesses and David Ores, M.D. discusses the nonprofit health care cooperative he runs for city restaurant workers on the Lower East Side.

Guests:

David Ores and Jim Rodriguez

Comments [4]

Ann from NYC

We need to change the health care model assumptions we have. When doctors are pressured to rely on expensive diagnostic tests and target marketed by big Pharma to prescribe expensive meds with side effects for made-up-conditions like "reckless leg syndrome" that drive up our health care costs without treating the CAUSE you know we have lost our way.
What ever happended to the Hipppcratic Oath: First, do NO HARM? Certainly, less costly.

Apr. 30 2009 12:24 PM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

When an insurance company collects premiums from all of its members, it spend roughly 55% providing healthcare and 45% pays for the operating costs of the insurance company and its profit.

This is THE problem with healthcare in this country. Too much of the money we spend DOES NOT PROVIDE CARE.

Apr. 30 2009 11:58 AM
Lauren from Port Jefferson

Spreading the "risk" doesn't work with healthcare, because people ALWAYS get healthcare. It's not like the possibilit that your house will catch fire; people NECESSARILY need healthcare. So the principle of "Insurance" doesn't work.

Apr. 30 2009 11:58 AM
Brian

What about serious conditions: cancer & chemo, heart surger? Even a third of this would be hard for many employees to pay.

Apr. 30 2009 11:55 AM

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