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Health care "great debates" to be discussed


October 01, 2008

The American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter will discuss “The Great Debates: Controversies in Health Care” during its meeting Oct. 3-5 at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union.

Participants will discuss whether Arizonans deserve a better medical system during a debate that covers the future of the country’s health care. Moderators during the debate include professors Eugene Schneller and Marjorie Baldwin of ASU's School of Health Management and Policy in the W.P. Carey School of Business. Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will appear via video feed. Dr. Oliver Fein, president elect of Physicians for a National Health Program, will also participate in the debate as will Robert Egge, Center for Health Transformation project coordinator. 

Another debate will cover “Cardiovascular Disease: Lipids – How Low is Low Enough?” A  highlighted talk will be on “The Perils of Prevention: The Downside of Staying Healthy” by nationally recognized physician, Dr. Faith Fitzgerald.

Breakout sessions cover topics such as using opiates for management of fibromyalgia, concierge medicine and breast cancer screening for women under age 50. ASU’s Sports Medicine program will also conduct a training session for physicians from across the state during the meeting.

Representatives from medical organizations from across the state and country will attend and speak at the meeting. The event is cosponsored by ASU’s Campus Health Service and the Society of General Internal Medicine. ASU students or faculty who are interested in attending the keynote debate at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct 4, can attend that session without charge (space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis). Those who want more information or attend the entire meeting can go to www.acponline.org/chapters/AZ.