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State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine: Lecture — The History of Government in US Medicine

December 9, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


BRI Haynes Beth Executive DirectorALL are welcome to attend a lecture by Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director of Benjamin Rush Institute on the history of government in US medicine. Government involvement in medicine is not a new thing, and policies from the past are currently influencing the healthcare climate today. In what ways are government policies in healthcare beneficial, and in what ways detrimental? And what can be done?

Food will be served with generous donations from Med Council and University Council. RSVPs are greatly appreciated in order to have enough for all.

BRI Beth Haynes healthcare SUNY

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Twenty students attended our lunch lecture on US healthcare. Dr. Haynes provided a very interesting talk about the history of government involvement in medicine dating back to the 19th century. She described the regulations that have increased over the years, their benefits, and even more importantly, their unintended consequences. She explained how well-intended regulations on healthcare providers, insurers, and the marketplace as a whole, has unintentionally increased costs while stifling innovation. She also discussed some solutions about how to help the medical field flourish so that we can achieve better quality of care for all. She then had a ten minute Q & A session. The talk was very well received.

“The event went very well and I was very pleased. The environment at Downstate can at times be somewhat hostile towards solutions that do not hinge on government intervention. However, there was a great deal of “head nodding” throughout Dr. Haynes’ talk, and several interested students remained afterward to ask Dr. Haynes more questions. Several fellow students said they were very pleased and are looking forward to the next event.” ~Mary Hahn, BRI-SUNY Downstate president and event organizer

Several students were very interested and asked for BRI video links to Dr. Haynes’ previous talk about the subject. Many found this information very interesting, but didn’t have a great deal of background in the subject matter, and would like to watch or listen again so that it could “fully sink in.” Others added that these talks are a fantastic source of information for our class, and they hope we will have more talks like this.

“That talk was great! When is your next event?” ~R.V., MS2


December 9, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Mary Hahn


SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Classroom 1B
450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203 United States
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