Alaska’s high healthcare cost, solutions & improvements

This week we present the fourth of our month-long series on Alaska’s high healthcare costs by discussing what we can do about it. This session will explore possible fixes to our situation such as transparency in pricing, medical travel and more.

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GUESTS:

  • Sen. Cathy Giessel, R.-Anchorage, and Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Dr. Jeremy Gitomer, nephrologist and co-founder of Alaska Innovative Medicine
  • Dr. Graham (Alec) Glass, neurologist and former President of Alaska State Medical Association
  • Sandra Heffern, CEO of Effective Health Design, organizer of AK Comprehensive Healthcare Blueprint, and lobbyist who has worked for the health care industry
  • Dr. Melissa Shein, primary care physician at Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Dr. Anne Zink, Medical Director, Mat-Su Emergency Physicians, and former President of the Alaska Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians

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BROADCAST: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 2:00p.m.

RECORDED: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!