The Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business and the School of Allied Health at Hodges University have teamed up to host a round table discussion on the economics of healthcare on March 25 at 7pm at the University’s Ft. Myers campus.
The round table, titled “How Can Our Health System Survive? – Economics and Politics in Crisis,” will discuss why healthcare costs so much, why there is no healthcare system, what political decisions need to be made on both a local as well as national level to resolve the current crisis and what we in our region of Florida can do to improve the current situation locally and nationally.
The panelists include Dr. Ronald Castellanos, member of MedPAC (panel created to advise Congress on Medicare issues), advising from a national perspective; Burt Saunders, former Florida Senator active with healthcare issues for many years, will provide the state government perspective; John Wiest, CFO of Lee Memorial Healthcare System, with the not-for-profit provider perspective; Tim Parry, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel to HMA (Health Management Associates, Inc.) operator of 56 hospitals in 15 states, including Physician’s Regional in Naples will feature the for-profit provider perspective; and Jeff Johnson, AARP employee responsible for their national “Divided We Fail” initiative for the State of Florida, will provide the consumer perspective. Dr. Ken Ginsberg, Hodges University professor, will be the host moderator. Following the panel will be a Q&A session from the audience.
The program is being sponsored by Terminix and the Lee County Healthcare System.
The panel discussion will be held in the Community Room at Hodges University, 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Ft. Myers. The event is open to the public but reservations are required. Please call (239) 938-7826 for more information or to register.