On Thursday, January 29th, Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director of Benjamin Rush Institute will discuss why medicine and healthcare delivery are better in a profit-based system rather than in a government, or even a non-profit system. Come and join our discussion!
This event is at noon Eastern time, and lunch will be served. Please RSVP so that we can ensure enough for all. Parking is available at the HEB/Visitor Parking Lot.
POST-EVENT REPORT: Twenty-three people attended the healthcare systems debate held at UTCOM, which was inspired by Dr. Haynes’ midwest trip where she traveled to several universities explaining the importance of profit in a healthcare system. We designed this event as a debate, as debates tend to draw more interest and participants. We thank Dr. Johnathon Ross, past president of PHNP for joining us.
Dr. Ross is a proponent of a national healthcare plan that would reach the needs of all citizens independent of status. The debate was held in a traditional format with Dr. Haynes given 10 minutes to voice her opinion, followed by a 3-minute rebuttal from Dr. Ross. Dr. Ross was then given 10 minutes for a defense and Dr. Haynes followed with a 3-minute rebuttal. At the end, the floor was opened up for questions from the audience.
Several students approached the event coordinators right after the event and even later on in the day to say how much they enjoyed the debate. Having a debate format was something the students were not used to in our academic setting; usually presentations are done by a solo speaker with one point they are trying to get across. Whereas a solo presenter format is educational, having two sides of a story right in front of you definitely had a higher impact on the audience.
Overall the event was a success. Although one hour is hardly sufficient to really delve into the complexities of the topic, the students in attendance enjoyed the debate format and came away forming opinions of their own, which was the whole intent of the event.