Healthcare business people and women's rights scholars talk about recent events.. Audio coming soon!
By: Megan Antonetti-Elford
I was crunched for time last Thursday evening but speed-walked across campus to catch two overlapping panel discussions on two different, but overlapping subjects.
1. 5pm - Managing Uncertainty in the Future Healthcare Environment put on by the MBA Healthcare association as part of the McCombs Health Care Symposium at the plush AT&T Conference Center
Here's a table of highlights of the panels:
Politics Becomes Personal
|professional, too many water glasses for the amount of guests and panelists, chattering people breezing in and out||dank, vacant, (I took a physics exam here once), panelists sitting on each-others laps at a folding table|
|young president of the MBA healthcare association - Jim Ryan||englishwoman director of Center for Women’s and Gender Studies - Sue Heinzelman|
what brought them there
|things are changing because of affordable care act, changes in health care delivery and electronic information but we don’t know how||how we came to see broad attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights and how we can respond|
|tough - full of acronyms I still couldn’t decipher even after looking them up||a breeze - facts and numbers provided by Kristine Hopkins of the Population Research Center at UT and Sarah Wheat|
|Katherine Henderson’s pledge that, based on their mission statement, Seton Health Centers will continue to provide care regardless of a patients’ ability to pay of the outcome of the Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act.||Caroline Jones’s post-sonogram law experience will break your heart|
|Dr. McDaniels big-shot in McCombs school, healthcare salespeople - people who know what the acronyms mean||aging activists accusing young people of not paying attention, surprising amount of young men, bloggers|
|health care reform is “..like asking me to redesign a nuclear reactor, it's just not gonna come out well.” - Thomas W. Knight, MD St. David’s Chief Medical Officer||political use of the term “informed consent” in defense of the sonogram law is like “.. calling something the clean skies act when in fact it is a permission to pollute.” -Sarah Wheat, Interim Co-CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas|
what I think I learned
|the health care industry is open to changes, aware of alternative models, and humbled by the inefficiency of the current system.|
As Ben Gawiser, VP of health software developer Advisory Board Company pointed out, they need more data and strategies to reduce costs. And I think, curbing greed would help too.
|As Christen Smith, UT Department of Anthropology chair put it, “lawmakers are using women’s bodies as a political playing field.”|
And I think voting (more people voting), not rallying or paneling, will be what puts an end to it.