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Conviction and conversation in contested times: Healthcare

American healthcare spending accounts for $3.8 trillion or nearly 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The scale of that spending has implications for our wallets—averaging more than $11,000 per person per year—and, more importantly for our well-being. With so much at stake, questions arise about how healthcare is delivered? How to pay for healthcare? And how to manage its rising costs? In the COVID era, these questions have intensified and sparked different views about safeguarding public health and economic health.

On March 4, 2021, the Conviction and Conversation Series gathered together Treasure Valley health leaders to discuss these and other issues facing healthcare locally and nationally. The contributors brought vast experience in public health, health insurance, hospital administration, and the practice of medicine.

Featured panelists included:

  • Odette Bolano- President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Dave Jeppesen- Director Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Dave Self- Chief Administrative Officer Saint Luke’s Health System
  • Dr. Rhonda Robinson-Beale- Senior Executive Physician and Consultant to numerous health insurers and national organizations
  • Dick Armstrong- former Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare