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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Physician & Economist, Credentials for Health Care Reform

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., Physician & Economist, Credentials for Health Care Reform

My credentials for Health Care Reform are that I am a physician (M.D.), an economist (B.A.), and a patient who has experienced both sides of the "white coat."

I'm non-partisan. I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I have "no party affiliation."

Health care economics started for me when I was offered the opportunity to graduate with honors in economics at Northwestern University by taking an “honors class” on taxation. I decided to forgo graduating with honors to do independent study on Medical Economics, which was a life changing experience, deepened my interest in health care reform, and fueled my life-long passion for Health Care Economics. I subsequently graduated from Northwestern University and went on to medical school at the University of Illinois.

I have worked in Government run hospitals including Cook County Hospital (Chicago), West Side VA Hospital (Chicago), LA County Hospital (Los Angeles) and Detroit Receiving Hospital. I have also worked in about twenty private hospitals during medical school, residency, and as a practicing board-certified Emergency Physician.

I have had “too much” experience with Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans Administration and other programs over the years.

I have seen health insurance companies go bankrupt, seen the struggle by people to get re-insured, and have seen patients denied necessary medications by the Government and by the private insurance industry.

When working, my main job was the clinical practice of emergency medicine, quality assurance, and then the administrative management of emergency medicine. After studying the economics of emergency departments and urgent care centers, I also served as a consultant on such issues. In fact, did a consulting job for an Indiana hospital about the economics of starting urgent care centers in various geographic locations near the hospital.

When traveling the world, I have made it a point to study the various health care systems. I have toured medical facilities in Canada, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Philippines, Ukraine, and Singapore. In fact, I visited the Ministry of Health in Singapore to go over Medical Savings Accounts, which they instituted for the entire country.

Health care reform can be done right. Patients, doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals can be in charge. Patients can have the power and knowledge to stay healthy and get the best medical care in the world.

My conclusion is that a well-designed health-care system is more important to the health of a nation’s people than any single physician’s skill and knowledge will ever be.

I am currently writing "The People's Health Care Reform Plan."

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician and economist

Related References

1. Hennenfent BR: The economics of urological care in the 21st century. [letter] Urology. 1996 Feb;47(2):285-6.

2. Hennenfent BR and Rosenberg C. Medical Economics. A Thesis on the Maldistribution of Physicians. Senior Paper at Northwestern University. 1980. [No longer available.]

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