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The documentary film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” will be screened at a Community Forum in Newbury Park at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 and will be followed by a discussion led by an internationally known healthcare economist and a longtime emergency room physician.
The film, narrated by producer Richard Master, takes an in-depth look at the nation’s healthcare system and how its inefficiencies and high costs hamper competitiveness of U.S. businesses and negatively impact the nation’s health while making care unaffordable for a third of Americans.
Master, CEO of MCS Industries, a $170 million supplier of picture frames and mirrors, began investigating healthcare when he saw soaring insurance costs forcing him to cut overhead expenses down to the penny. The film, two years in the making, includes the voices of more than 40 advocates for reform including health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, activists, and business and labor leaders.
The discussion will be led by Deborah Freund, Ph.D professor at Claremont Graduate University, and physician Bill Honigman. Freund is an internationally recognized health economist known for her research on Medicaid, healthcare outcomes and PharmacoEconomics, a field she is credited with founding. She was president of Claremont Graduate University from 2010 to 2015 and is a former provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Syracuse University.
Dr. Honigman has been an emergency care physician in Orange County for more than 30 years. He is an organizer for the grassroots group Progressive Democrats of America and is a coordinator with their Healthcare Human Rights issues team.
The forum at 3327 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park is open to the public and free; donations are welcome. For information, contact David Buss through the church office at (805) 498-9548 or visit forum.cvuuf.org.