- Created on Friday, 02 May 2014 11:45
- Written by John Grimaldi
Washington, DC - A symposium scheduled for June in the nation's capital will focus on non-partisan health care solutions rather than debate. "And, because our focus is on specific, doable methods of improving health care insurance coverage and delivery, the gathering is attracting the leading experts in the field," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The 2014 AMAC Foundation National Health Care Symposium will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, June 9-10.
Weber described the symposium as a mechanism for "new, realistic ideas for solving our health care problems." He said that there will be no "political axes to grind. We are bringing together the foremost experts on health care insurance coverage and delivery for the sole purpose of identifying courses of action to take in order to remedy the problems that have haunted our health care system for many years. They will present the latest information on the Affordable Care Act, discuss its pros and cons and report on innovations in medical care that could have positive influences for the future."
A review of the symposium website, www.amachealthcaresymposium.com highlights what AMAC refers to as breakthroughs: cutting hospital costs by 25%, providing Pro Bono health care for 16 million patients, ways to curtail Medicaid costs and methods to reduce medical malpractice premiums by 35%.
The Foundation believes preventive medicine is a key to long term progress and promotes innovative programs that hold promise for improving the overall health of the nation. For example, AMAC cites expert opinion that there are ways to eliminate 80% of Type 2 diabetes and simple steps that could reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer's by up to 70% in some individuals. "These will all be covered at the June event.
Weber said that in addition to the expert presentations, numerous health care professionals are contributing their views and thoughts in pre-symposium teleconferences. "Qualified representatives from all stakeholders involved in health care including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health insurance providers are providing experienced insight into all aspects of health care with the goal of producing realistic alternatives based, not on politics, but on their own knowledge and understanding of the issues. Along with hospital administrators, health insurance providers, drug company executives, patient advocacy organizations, study groups and think tanks are offering expertise in a series of eight independent working groups, each focused on specific facets of health care delivery," he explained.
To date, the following presenters have signed up for the event: Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies, health care reform expert Grace-Marie Turner, Founder and President of the Galen Institute, Dr. James E. Smith, Director of the Center for Industrial Research Applications (CIRA) at West Virginia University, Scott Gottlieb, M.D. a practicing physician and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Ratanjit Sondhe, founder and CEO of DiscoverHealthInc.com, Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director at The Benjamin Rush Institute and Michael F. Cannon, the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies.