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Le Moyne and Syracuse Host Second in Series of Intelligent Conversations on Health Care Debate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College and Syracuse University will host the second of two lectures on the health care debate on Tuesday, April 27, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne campus. The title of the session is “Controlling Health Care Costs.”

Panelists include: Deborah Freund, Ph.D., distinguished professor of public administration and economics, Syracuse University Maxwell School Center for Policy Research; and James Longo, M.D., F.A.C.C., medical director and adjunct instructor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program, Le Moyne College.

As a country, and a community, the health of our individual citizens affects the overall health of our nation and our economy. In spite of the fact that the U.S. spends twice per person on medical care as other industrialized nations, we have worse health outcomes, lower life expectancies and greater health inequalities. While life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for most Americans, thanks in part to a focus on preventive medicine and technological advances, many still lack access to affordable health care.

Experts agree that a critical element of any health care reform proposal is a plan to control spiraling health care costs. Rate increases have forced many to go without health insurance, and soaring Medicaid costs are choking state and local governments. Questions to be addressed in this conversation include: What are the reasons for high health care costs in the U.S. and how can they be brought under control?

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-5442.


posted on: 4/19/2010