Dr. Mike Magee, a physician and journalist, will speak about his recently
published book, "Code Blue: Inside America's Medical Industrial Complex."
In his book, Dr. Magee
applies "code blue", a term used by hospitals for medical emergencies, to
America's expensive healthcare system, which consumes one out of five
American dollars and has driven health care to top of voters'
concerns. Kirkus Reviews describes the book as "a searing and persuasive
exposé of America's healthcare system."
In his presentation, Dr. Magee will
address the crucial questions, "Why is healthcare so expensive?" and, "What can
be done to fix it?"
Dr. Magee trained as a surgeon at the University of
North Carolina. He began his career as a country doctor in western New England
then rose to executive positions at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and
was Head of Global Medical Affairs for Pfizer Corporation.
He is currently
editor of the blog HealthCommentary.org and is on the faculty of Presidents
College at the University of Hartford. He is a veteran health analyst and
communicator who has advised the U.S. government, the Institute of Medicine,
the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the
Association of American Medical Colleges on a wide range of public health and
health policy issues.