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Discrepancies in U.S. health and healthcare is topic of March 20 Café Scientifique

March 11, 2008

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Bozeman - Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, a Seattle -area emergency room physician and professor at the University of Washington, will speak on disparities in American health and health care at the upcoming Café Scientifique set at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant.

Bezruchka topic, "Do you want health or health care? The U.S. deserves both and has neither," is rooted in areas of research, including population health and societal hierarchy and its application to health. He is author of numerous articles and essays. His most recent contribution is to "Sickness and Wealth," a collection of essays on the effects of global corporations on health.

"The U.S. spends half of the world's health care bill, yet is less healthy than all the other rich countries and a few poor ones, no matter what measure is used," Bezruchka said. "Why? The answers are in the political choices we make and how they have changed since the golden years when we were one of the healthiest countries in the world. Yes, we are living a lot longer than then, but over 30 nations live longer than we do, and have more fulfilling lives. Do you want health or health care? The U.S. has neither and deserves both."

Bezruchka has been a member of the faculty at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine since 1993. He is affiliated with the community-oriented Public Health Practice Program and also works with the Department of Global Health MPH program. He has spent over 10 years in Nepal working in various health programs, teaching in remote regions.

Bezruchka's visit is being coordinated through the Community Health Partners in Livingston.

Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. All are welcome; however seating is limited and arrival before 6 p.m. is encouraged for those wishing for a seat at the popular event.

Cafe' Scientifique is co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE Program and MSU's College of Letters and Science. More information about the concept of Café Scientifique can be found at: http://inbre.montana.edu/index.php?page=cafescientifique

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Contact: Laurie Howell (406) 994-7531