August 7, 2007

CQ Radio: Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chronic Disease

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Today on CQ Radio (2 pm CT), we'll welcome Dr Ken Thorpe of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Dr. Thorpe served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Clinton administration, and his partner Mark McClellan ran the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the Bush White House. Together they believe that a serious effort at preventing and curing chronic disease will save over a hundred billion dollars a year in federal spending -- enough to solve the problem of the uninsured in America. I've posted links to coverage of this effort at Heading Right this morning -- be sure to read the background.

In the second half of the show, we'll talk with my friend King Banaian of SCSU Scholars about the economics of the bridge collapse and MnDOT funding. As the country begins to debate infrastructure maintenance and funding, it helps to have St. Cloud State's chair of economics on the story ....

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Comments (2)

Posted by nedludd | August 7, 2007 2:59 PM

Thanks captain for having me able to sit in on you interview about chronic diseases. I'm the Dave that you had asked some questions.
As you finished your interview, I wanted to provide you with a couple of points.
1. While economics drove a lot of the discussion, it's got to be noted that there are other considerations such as how to handle the existing population and what to do about chronic diseases that are not necessarily preventable.
2. The economic approach to chronic disease has to be bound to the need to find long term treatment methods that are not tactical. We have to look at treatments that are not necessarily hospital based but can be done by persons not leaving their home.
3. We need to look at education for chronic illnesses in a whole different way. There should be components that are taught to all persons and re-enforced that are separate from what that is taught to those already experiencing chronic illness,
4. We should have an active effort to investigate alternative treatments. That is, treatments not currently covered by insurance. I am not advocating the infomercial or fruit and nut approach to disease treatment but a systematic investigation of what works for different chronic diseases.

Posted by cirby | August 7, 2007 5:30 PM

"Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chronic Disease"

Hey, you might not like him much, but that's a helluva thing to call someone...

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