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Dr. Alan Sager Speaks on Affordable High-Quality Healthcare at Breakfast Program

Sunday, October 13, 2019 14 Tishrei 5780

9:15 AM - 11:00 AMSocial Hall

Speaker Change: Colonel Yaron Ben David, who was scheduled to speak on this date has been unavoidably called away
and will be unable to join us.  In his place, we are pleased to present Dr. Alan Sager speaking on:

Affordable High-Quality Healthcare for All Americans –
the Easiest Problem to Fix in the United States

Despite high health spending, many Americans are denied needed care owing to lack of insurance or inability to afford out-of-pocket costs. Quality of care is uneven. And—as the old joke has it—the portions are so small: Americans get less care than citizens of comparable nations.

Happily, we can do much better with the money we already spend. This talk will identify ways to cover everyone, get more care, and live longer. It will pinpoint reasons for failures to contain cost so far and how to do much better in coming years, ways to get the right hospitals and doctors in the right places, encourage pharmaceutical innovation while making good meds easily affordable for everyone, and even do something real about long-term care. And then, we will rest.

Alan Sager is a professor of health law, policy, and management at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is beginning his 73rd semester. His courses have won 14 awards. He has designed a "time banking" method of mobilizing voluntary aid for disabled citizens by creating a structured parallel economy of good deeds. His analyses of U.S. urban hospital closings over 75 years have shown that closings have harmed access while boosting costs, and he has urged spurring pharmaceutical innovation while cutting prices of all useful meds. Alan’s BA in economics is from Brandeis and his PhD in city planning is from MIT.

Talks in this series are sponsored by Brotherhood, and include a delicious buffet breakfast of assorted bagels, smoked salmon, pickled herring, whitefish salad, tabbouleh, desserts and more. Breakfast begins at 9:15 am. The presentation runs from 9:45 am to 10:45 am and is usually followed by a question and answer session. Admission is $10; free to Brotherhood members. For more information, email brotherhood@templeisaiah.net.

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