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Rising Costs for Vanishing Care: Solving the Rural Health Care Crisis in Minnesota
Rural Minnesota is experiencing an evolving health care crisis. Hospitals and clinics are closing down, reducing or eliminating options for care... So why are costs for health insurance and care significantly higher in rural areas? Learn how these issues affect small business owners, farmers, and other small town Minnesotans. Plus, find out how YOUR VOTE can save these critical care facilities and lives within our communities.

Discussions will be led by PNHP-MN Board Members Dr. John Crosson, Dr. Nelson Adamson, and Beret Fitzgerald. They will be joined by our Summer Interns Zarah Shakur & Timothy Nyangacha for this virtual panel event. 

A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Oct 5, 2020 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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John Crosson, MD
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Retired Pathologist @PNHP-MN
John spent his entire medical career in hospitals devoted to delivering excellent medical care to the underserved first at Minneapolis General Hospital (the MGH of the midwest) and then eventually HCMC. He trained initially as an internist then decided to become a Pathologist. From the early 1970s to 2005 he worked at HCMC as a general Pathologist. During this time he saw many patients who suffered greatly because they had inadequate insurance and could not afford to be seen in the health care system in a timely way. For over 25 years, he has worked on getting universal health care available for all in the US. Currently he spends his time at the U of Minnesota teaching medical students and residents. He mentions the need to have single payer health care to them every chance he gets.
Nelson Adamson, MD
Radiation Oncologist @PNHP-MN
Dr. Nelson Adamson hopes to contribute some perspective from his position as a practitioner currently working full time in a multi-specialty group located in central Minnesota. As a radiation oncologist, he often witnesses the toxic effects of the financial burden brought onto patients by our dysfunctional sick care system.
Beret Fitzgerald
Medical Student @PNHP-MN
Beret is a fourth year medical student at the University of Minnesota. She has done extensive study on rural health care outreach and coordination, including visits to International Falls and Worthington to connect with healthcare providers. Writing about her rotation at International Falls, Beret “was impressed with the quality of care and resilience that this community has shown in its commitment to providing healthcare. I heard at all levels – from administrators to patients - frustration with the healthcare system, costs, and accessibility of care.”