November 02, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy will host a discussion about healthcare on Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

The discussion will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the showing of the documentary, "Money Driven Medicine." Based on Maggie Mahar's book, Money Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, the documentary is produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney, with Walt McConnell, a 1953 graduate of Bucknell and a physician for 42 years.

"'Money-Driven Medicine' is one of the strongest documentaries I have seen in years and could not be more timely," Bill Moyers said of the film. "The more people who see and talk about it, the more likely we are to get serious and true health care reform."

Panel discussion
The film will be followed at 5 p.m. by a panel discussion moderated by Mark Lawrence of WKOK-AM. Panel members include:

·      Seth Frazier, vice president of transformation at Geisinger Medical Center, who will speak about his experiences as part of a major healthcare organization that has been recognized nationally for its innovations in the delivery of care;

·      Walt McConnell, who will speak about his work in healthcare in the United States and motivation for making the film. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College, McConnell was a family physician and director of emergency medicine at Dover General Hospital. He also has served as a volunteer physician in Nepal three times and most recently in Nigeria.

·      Amy Wolaver, associate professor of economics and Bucknell Institute for Public Policy healthcare expert, who will discuss the impact of the healthcare financing system and information problems in the delivery of care.

A moderated question-and-answer period will follow.

Registration required
There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. For more information or to register to attend the event, call Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, 570-988-0993.

The documentary also will be shown to a campus audience on Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Rooke Chemistry Auditorium at Bucknell. For more information about the film, visit Money Driven Medicine.

The healthcare discussion and film showing are co-sponsored by Bucknell's Office of Diversity and Equity and GlobeMed in partnership with Valley United Ways.

Contact: Division of Communications



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