The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on January 23, 2017.
The featured speaker will be board certified family physician Jim Reynolds, MD, who will present a talk entitled “If There Were an Olympics of Health Care, Would the U.S.A. Medal?” Since the news is full of health care talk these days this will be an excellent opportunity to hear an opinion about the topic from a professional person.
Dr. Reynolds’ talk will include a frank assessment of our current healthcare system as well as what can be done to make it better. This event and other local meetings are actions initiated in response to the serious need for Americans to improve our healthcare system.
“Despite having the most expensive healthcare system, the United States ranked last among 11 industrialized countries in a 2014 Commonwealth Fund report. This report measured quality, efficiency, equity, access to care, and healthy lives. The other countries included in the study were France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. While there was room for improvement in every country, the United States stood out for having the highest costs and lowest performance. The United States spent $8508 per person per year versus the United Kingdom’s $3406 per person per year. The United Kingdom placed first overall,” said Dr. Reynolds.
Dr. Reynolds, Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, (PNHP) an advocacy organization of some 20,000 American physicians, medical students, and health professionals that supports a single-payer system of universal national health care.
The presentation will be followed by a short Technical Society annual meeting.