On February 29, 2016, Center for Ethics Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck served as the moderator for a World View Lecture Series presentation given by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, a very well respected journalist who has been with the New York Times since 1994. She has been the recipient of many journalism awards, including the prestigious Victor Cohn Prize, awarded for a series of eight reports and a dozen companion articles under the title “Paying Till It Hurts.” In that series Dr. Rosenthal explored in painful detail the problem of escalating health care costs, told largely from the perspectives of patients who had to bear those costs. The series attracted literally tens of thousands of comments, the most for a series in the New York Times.
The “Paying Till It Hurts” series was also among the readings for MSU medical students in the health policy module of the course that Dr. Fleck directs. “Physicians have some ability to be advocates for their patients when it comes to excessive prices for drugs and services, but first physicians need to know about those prices and how patients are affected in terms of access to needed care,” Dr. Fleck commented.
Abraham Verghese, M.D., renowned physician, best-selling author and professor at Stanford University, has earned accolades in and out of the medical community for his advocacy on behalf of patients. He is widely regarded as having influenced the way modern medical students think about what it means to be a doctor and to treat people. Much of his life’s work is brought to bear in his debut novel, Cutting for Stone, which has been celebrated by critics and spent over 50 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. His work with terminal patients was intensely transformative and the basis for his first book, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story.
The lecture will take place on Monday, October 8 at 7:30 pm in Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Tickets are $23 for the general public; free to MSU students, faculty, and staff. Purchase tickets online, or at the Wharton Center box office. All student, faculty, and staff tickets must be picked up in person at the box office with ID.