Shannon Brownlee: Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Treatment
M.S., Acting Director, New America Foundation, Health Policy Program; Author, Overtreated
Carolyn Johnson, Co-anchor, ABC7 News at 6 - Moderator
Brownlee contends that overtesting and overmedicating are harming patients’ health and pocketbooks in California and the nation. Her book, Overtreated, was cited as the best economic book of 2007 by The New York Times, and she was named by UC Santa Cruz as one of its most influential graduates for her groundbreaking work on avoidable health care. Brownlee will expose how reducing unnecessary procedures could save taxpayers billions and how regional disparities might affect what procedures patients receive and even how much they pay for identical procedures. What are the questions one should ask before undergoing any procedure or test? Do inhabitants of the Bay Area pay more for medical procedures than others who live elsewhere in the state?
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signing
Also know: Underwritten by the California HealthCare Foundation. In association with the Health & Medicine Member-Led Forum.