More racial diversity, greater economic inequality and wider polarization of politics separate contemporary America from any other era in the…
In a 2011 report to the acting surgeon general of the United States, now-Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, outlined the challenges to access that are evident in today’s health care system and provided a potential answer to overcoming them.
Keith Yamamoto is “perfect for starting the week,” said Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education.
Health care debates often center on the affordability and accessibility of medical coverage. The conversation has been at the forefront of many a political dialogue — and Chautauqua Institution’s Week Nine lectures this season. However, Patricia Brown, this week’s Contemporary Issues Forum speaker, is not taking a political spin on the issue, but is instead focusing on health care delivery.
Brown will share her academic medical perspective on health care at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hall of Philosophy in a talk called “Healthcare Delivery: The Promise of Reform.” This will be the Baltimore lawyer’s first trip to Chautauqua, and her talk is sponsored by Chautauqua Women’s Club.
Chabad Lubavitch of Chautauqua will present the first lecture of its social justice series, on health care, at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy. Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin will focus on the obligations of society at large, the local community and the individual with regard to healthcare coverage. The lecture will explore how Jewish literature deals with these moral issues.
Questions to be addressed include: To what extent can individuals be compelled to contribute toward a public welfare system? What kinds of medical care should be provided, when should it be provided, how much should be spent on providing the healthcare?
Vilenkin will examine references from the Talmud, Maimonides, the Code of Jewish law and other classical Jewish writings and apply their guidelines and principles to the questions of today.