Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in conjunction with its parent organization, the Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART), this month will launch a series of public forums aimed at tackling the health care challenges facing the state.
The first forum of the “Reform to Transform” series is scheduled Monday, Oct. 28, and will feature a thought-provoking conversation with Steven Brill, the author of the Time Magazine special report “The Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” In his 36-page cover article, Mr. Brill reveals the forces behind the exorbitant pricing and profits hampering the health care system.
Joining the conversation titled “Drowning in Health Care Costs: All Hands on Deck” will be Patrick Charmel, president and CEO of Griffin Hospital, a community hospital in Derby committed to an innovative, patient-centered model of care. Also participating will be Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller, who will bring the perspective of a larger payer, the state employee plan, which is experimenting with ways to rein in high health care costs. Faith Middleton of Connecticut Public Radio will moderate the discussion.
“We’re pleased to present forums that will provide the people of Connecticut, including our thought leaders and decision makers a chance to weigh-in on how we can put the building blocks in place to transform our health care system.” said Frances G. Padilla, president of the foundation. “One of the biggest issues which needs to be tackled is reining in costs while also improving outcomes.”
Padilla said, “Connecticut already has enacted some innovative ideas. We hope this series will broaden the conversation beyond individual initiatives to ways we can work to impact the state as a whole.”
Please take a look at our invitation below and click to learn more about the forum and how to register.