Rising Costs, Poor Quality and Workforce Shortages: Examining Health Care in the United States

UH College of Medicine to Host Panel Discussion Oct. 3 on Issues Shaping Health Care System

Despite intense political focus and debate for the past decade, Americans remain deeply worried about the availability and affordability of health care for themselves and their families. The University of Houston College of Medicine will host a panel discussion with leading health care experts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Panelists will examine issues shaping the U.S. health care system, including rising costs, market forces, poor quality, consumerism, technological disruption and workforce shortages.

Dr. Arthur “Tim” Garson, director of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Health Policy Institute, and Ryan Holeywell, panel moderator and TMC director of communications, explore these topics in their new book “Exposing the Twenty Medical Myths: Why Everything You Know about Health Care Is Wrong and How to Make It Right.”

“Hosting these discussions is vital to finding solutions that can change the way our health care system operates. It’s our responsibility as a leading academic institution and the commitment of our new medical school to create dialogue on challenging issues,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine. “The University of Houston is proud to be a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, and we look forward to having a compelling conversation.”

In addition to Spann and Garson, panelists include Kathyrn Tart, founding dean of the UH College of Nursing; Paul Pavlou, dean of the UH College of Business; Dr. LeChauncy Woodard, director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at UH; and Dr. Winston Liaw, chair, Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the UH College of Medicine.

What: Health Care Panel Discussion and Debate hosted by the UH College of Medicine

When: Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Where: UH Health 1 Building, Room 267, 4849 Calhoun