Health Care Town Hall Meeting

Imagine what problems we could solve with $210 billion dollars. That’s how much the U.S. wastes each year on unnecessary medical treatments and tests and it is the subject of an upcoming Statewide Health Care Town Hall Meeting called When Less is More: Curing the Epidemic of Medical Overtreatment.

The Town Hall will be held on November 6th from 5-6:30 at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, ME. However, you don’t have to join in person as anyone with an internet connection can attend.  The meeting will address the phenomenon of medical overtreatment, identify its causes and suggest solutions. Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, will kick off the meeting with a discussion of her book. A panel of health care providers and consumers will respond and open up the conversation with the live audience and an extended audience participating via live video webstream.

We’re interested in attracting statewide participation of organizations that wish to gather a group of constituents to take part through the live webstream. Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging will be hosting local viewing events for our Health Care Consumer Advisors and we’re encouraging other partners to host similar viewing sessions all over Maine.  Participating groups will receive copies of Shannon’s book and a discussion guide to help prepare for their participation.

Groups and individuals may register to attend the event either in person or via webstream by following this link: