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859 Medical Myths & the Future of Health Care

859 Medical Myths & the Future of Health Care

Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the free podcast and listen at your leisure. Here’s what it’s about:

  • Does the U.S. have the best health care system in the world?
  • Why are hospital bills so high?
  • Do all Americans get the care they need–eventually?
  • When you get sick, is it your own fault?

Dr. Bill Roper is one of the country’s leading health care experts. We talk with him about the state of health care in this country. Dr. Roper discusses medical myths and why they matter. He describes how our health care system could be greatly improved. What is the ideal health care system for the U.S.?

Guest: William Roper, MD, MPH, served as administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, where he oversaw Medicare and Medicaid, under President Reagan. He also served on the White House staff for President G. H. W. Bush and directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has held leadership positions in the insurance industry, the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum and academia. He is currently dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also CEO of the UNC Health Care System. The website is http://www.unchealthcare.org/site

The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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