JCM Symposium examines state of health care

Marienau Poster2013 JCM Symposium
Theme: Markets & Medicine: Can the Free Market Cure our Healthcare Ills?
Location: Ponderosa Room, Nebraskan Student Union at UNK
More Information: http://www.unk.edu/academics/bt/2013_morality_of_capitalism_symposium
Monday, Oct. 28
10:10 a.m. – Panel: Should We Use the Market to Address End of Life Resource Use?
11:15 a.m. – Panel: How Will the Affordable Care Act Influence Healthcare?
7:30 p.m. – Keynote Thomas Bowden
Tuesday, Oct. 29
9:30 a.m. – Panel: Will Technology Reshape Healthcare?
11 a.m. – Panel: Is Health care a Right?

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Picking the theme for this year’s JCM Symposium at the University of Nebraska at Kearney was easy, said event coordinator Allan Jenkins.

“It doesn’t matter what your major is, what your occupation is, what your personal situation is, changes in health care are going to have a huge impact on your quality of life,” said the UNK professor of economics.

“In today’s environment, health care is the most appropriate and timely topic for this year’s program.”


The 2013 JCM Symposium – titled “Markets & Medicine: Can The Free Market Cure Our Healthcare Ills?” – is Oct. 28-29 at UNK’s Ponderosa Room in the Nebraskan Student Union.

The free public event includes keynote speaker Thomas Bowden, an attorney and policy analyst with the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and four panel discussions that will examine a variety of health care issues.

Bowden will present “Healthcare’s Forgotten Individuals” at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Bowden’s editorials have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Investor’s Business Daily. An attorney with extensive litigation and appellate experience, he specializes in issues involving the Supreme Court, individual rights, antitrust, abortion, assisted suicide, labor law and multiculturalism.

Other panels, their titles and speakers include:
Oct. 28, 10:10 to 11 a.m. – “Should We Use the Market to Address End of Life Resource Use?” Panelists Bowden; Dr. Cheryl Rathert, University of Missouri’s Center for Health Ethics; and Wade Maki, Director of the BB & T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality, University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
Oct. 28, 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. – How Will the Affordable Care Act Influence Healthcare?” Panelists Ruth Krystopolski, Executive Vice President for Development and Research, Sanford Health; Leslie Marsh, CEO of Lexington Regional Health Center; and economist Dr. Joyce Gleason, Nebraska Wesleyan University (retired).
Oct. 29, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. – “Will Technology Reshape Healthcare?” Panelists Dr. Janelle Ali-Dinar, Regional Director for Rural Strategies, Catholic Health Initiatives; Krystopolski, Sanford Health; and Dale Gibbs, Catholic Health Initiatives Nebraska Director of Telehealth.
Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – “Is Healthcare a Right?” Panelists Jill Jensen, health care attorney with Lincoln-based law firm Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather; Bowden and Maki.

In addition to the panels and keynote, the symposium includes classroom visitations and small group discussions with area hospital administrators, state and regional health agency personnel, and other health care professionals.

“These interactions will give UNK students useful insight into the challenges now facing health care in an increasingly cost-conscious environment,” Jenkins said.

Symposium participants also will meet with faculty to explore opportunities for collaborative work and student internships, and to discuss UNK programs and courses.

The first JCM Symposium, which examined the morality of capitalism, was held in 2011. The event is hosted by the UNK College of Business and Technology.

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