Local Doctor to Speak About Single Payer Healthcare


On Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Easton Library Dr. James Burdick of St. Michaels will talk about his book, Talking About Single Payer: Health Care Equality for America.

In his book, Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon Dr. James Burdick outlines a viable approach to improving health care delivery to cover every American.  Dr. Burdick came to his views after witnessing firsthand the inequality of coverage to patients.  He believes under a single payer system, quality will be improved while costs will be lowered, ending the misery and grievances plaguing U.S. health care today.

The essence of the plan is to empower a transparent, nonpartisan, national public-private Doctors Board to independently oversee care using a new approach to monitor quality. Joined with a convenient national electronic medical record system, this unique single payer system will free doctors to deal with each patient individually. With these innovations, Dr. Burdick’s plan also limits market influences and politics in medical decisions so that each patient can receive care appropriate to their personal medical needs.

Thirty interviews with a broad range of authorities provide startling new insights about the adoption of a single payer structure for American health care. These expert opinions complement Dr. Burdick’s own clinical and federal experience as a leader in overseeing the country’s organ transplantation program.

Dr. James Burdick obtained an MD in 1968 at Harvard Medical School, followed by a surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After fellowships in the Public Health Service and in Transplantation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he had a career doing vascular surgery and abdominal organ transplants for 25 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Starting in 2003, he served for five years as Director of the Division of Transplantation in the Healthcare Systems Bureau of the Health Resources Services Administration, an agency in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Presently he is on the Board of the Baltimore City Medical Society of the Maryland Med State Medical society (MedChi) and is a Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

For more information, contact Danuta Olson-Schuessler: doschuessler@msn.com or (815) 236-5465.

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