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Icahn School of Mount Sinai: Lecture — Why We Can’t Fix Healthcare Until We Know What Health Insurance Is and Is Not
December 9, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Why We Can’t Fix Healthcare Until We Know What Health Insurance Is and Is Not
All are welcome to attend this free evening lecture sponsored by BRI and East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP). Snacks and appetizers will be served. RSVPs are greatly appreciated! Click here to register, or on the green Registration button, above right.
Dr. Beth Haynes, BRI executive director will discuss the importance of understanding the role and limitations of health insurance. She will detail how improper understanding of insurance leads to poor health outcomes. For each attendee, $5 will be donated to Mount Sinai’s student run health clinic.
POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Mount Sinai BRI and EHHOP together drew an audience of 20 students to this lunch lecture on the idea of health insurance for medical students. The event was focused on how exactly health insurance as we currently know it is structured, and how that differs from other forms of insurance that we encounter in life such as auto or home insurance. Dr. Haynes discussed several terms that are commonly used when discussing insurance for the benefit of the audience. The main point was the health insurance is not exactly insurance, but rather “prepaid healthcare.” Dr. Haynes went into further detail about how viewing health insurance as traditional “insurance” is harmful and unsustainable, and how recent legislation has only served to exacerbate this problem.
After the presentation, students asked several insightful questions and created a floor for discussion about the issues that were raised. The event also raised $100 for EHHOP, the student-run clinic to help the uninsured, as BRI pledged $5 donation for each student attendee. During the event, Insomnia cookies and milk were served.