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REIMAGINEAMERICA RADIO HOUR – July 29,2018 – Moving Forward Toward Affordable Health Care

When it Comes to our Health Care – There are A LOT OF NUMBERS

  • The cost of American health care is nearly twice that of any other nation.
    • Today, the United States spends $3 trillion a year (the equivalent of the entire federal government budget)
    • Approximately $10,000 per person per year
  • About 1/3 of federal government spending goes to health care – Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare market place subsidies, veteran’s healthcare, and medical research.
  • Yet the United States ranks deal last in life expectancy for men and second to last for women
    • We rank LAST in infant mortality
    • 200,000 Americans die every year from medical error – that’s +/- 548 people a day

We are fortunate to have as our guest, again, today Dr. Robert Pearl the author of Mistreated:  Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care and Why We’re Usually WRONG.

During our April 1 broadcast, Dr Pearl explained the symptoms of our ailing health care system

During our June 10 broadcast, the doctor diagnosed the problems with our failing health care system –

The doctor joins us, again, this morning to talk about the future of health care in America – how do we make sure we are getting the world-class care we think we are but aren’t.

Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts. Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.

In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a roadmap for transforming American healthcare. All proceeds from the book benefit Doctors Without Borders.

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