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    Talk Addresses Ethics and the Uninsured

    Talk Addresses Ethics and the Uninsured
    Library: MED
    Description: How can the U.S. ethically tolerate a situation in which nearly 40 million people lack health insurance? Univ. of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman, who co-chaired an IOM committee on this issue, will address the problems of the uninsured in an Oct. 9 speech.

    Sept. 23, 2002 For immediate release
    Contact: Kara Gavin,, or Carrie Hagen,, (734) 764-2220

    Ethics in a country with 40 million uninsured people:
    U-M President to speak Oct. 9 on the problem of uninsurance

    Coleman to give 7th annual Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- How can the United States tolerate a situation in which nearly 40 million of its people are without health insurance, and as a result are sicker and die sooner than their fellow citizens? Why do the uninsured receive worse health care, even in emergencies, than people with health insurance? And what can be done about this?

    University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., will grapple with those questions and more on October 9, when she gives the seventh annual Raymond W. Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine at the U-M Health System.

    Coleman is no stranger to the issue of the uninsured. For the past year, she has co-chaired a committee for the prestigious Institute of Medicine on this subject. She also holds a professorship in biological chemistry at the U-M Medical School in addition to her role as president.

    Her talk, a compilation of three reports from the IOM's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, is titled "Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late". The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Ford Amphitheater on the second floor of the University Hospital at the U-M Health System campus. For more information, contact Ruthann Bertl at 647-8762 or

    The IOM committee evaluated numerous studies of how lack of insurance affects the health and health care of Americans, and the difference that insurance could make. It concluded that people in late middle age, those with chronic illnesses, lower-income adults and members of racial and ethnic minorities could benefit the most from increased health care coverage. And, it called for insurance strategies that include prevention and screening, not just "rescue" options for people who are already ill.

    The Waggoner lectureship is named for the late Raymond Waggoner, M.D., who died in June, 2000 at the age of 98. He was chair of the U-M Department of Psychiatry for 33 years, from 1937 to 1970. A noted U-M psychiatrist, medical administrator and government advisor who was one of the first to see mental illness as both an emotional and physical problem, Waggoner maintained a strong interest in medical ethics and values throughout his career. The U-M Department of Psychiatry established the lectureship in his honor in 1995.

    The talk will be preceded by a brief recognition of Waggoner's life and career. After the talk, Coleman will take questions from the audience on topics relating to the U-M Health System and the U-M Life Sciences Initiative, as well as the issues addressed in her talk and report.


    "It was once written "To thine own self be true". But how do we know who we really are? Every man must confront the monster within himself, if he is ever to find peace without. .." Outer Limits(Monster)

    [This message was edited by seneca on Oct 07, 2002 at 09:56 PM.]

    Bill Gives U.S. Public a Say on Health Insurance Woes

    Bill Gives U.S. Public a Say on Health Insurance Woes
    Mon Oct 7, 5:27 PM ET
    By Todd Zwillich

    WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would create a new citizens' health care commission in an effort to produce a national consensus on extending health insurance to the 41 million Americans who lack coverage.

    The measure would create a 26-member "citizen's health care working group" that would spend two years holding hearings around the country on how a lack of insurance affects Americans' health and finances.

    The bill would also require that the commission be made up of individuals who have gone without health coverage in the past, as well as health policy experts, physicians and child advocates.

    Council members would then make recommendations to Congress on how to lower the number of uninsured Americans, and lawmakers would have 3 years to vote on a health insurance package, according to the bill.

    Supporters said that the measure would give the public a chance to influence a health insurance debate that Congress has not addressed.

    "The public gets to jump start health reform by stating their priorities at the outset rather than being treated as an afterthought," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who authored the bill with Utah Republican Orrin Hatch.

    Congress has for years failed to agree on a strategy for extending health coverage to more Americans. Many liberals have favored the establishment of government-sponsored health coverage for all citizens, an idea opposed by pro-market moderates and conservatives.

    National health care strategy was front-and-center in 1993, when Congress killed a proposal by then-President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites) to require all employers to offer health coverage to employees.

    More recently, lawmakers have debated moves including expanding Medicaid or offering health care tax credits but have failed to reach any substantial agreements.

    "After the politicians write their plans, various special interest lobbies start attacking one feature or another through shrill television commercials. Pretty soon the public gets understandably confused, the chance for building consensus is lost, and important health care needs go unmet," Wyden said during a speech on the Senate floor.

    "Events in our past seem to slip further away with time. But what happens when they circle back and meet us head the present? Before we allow ourselves to be consumed by our regrets, we should remember the mistakes we make in life are not so important as the lessons we draw from them.." Outer Limits(Last supper)