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Public vs. Private Health Care Debate

Published: March 27, 2006
Orovan and Devereaux
Dr. William Orovan and Dr. PJ Devereaux

Issues surrounding the debate over public vs. private funding of health care will be probed by two leading Hamilton physicians at McMaster University on Wednesday, March 29.

Dr. William Orovan, chair of the Department of Surgery in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and Dr. PJ Devereaux, a cardiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B), are the speakers at the debate that starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Orovan will be presenting arguments in favour of private financing for health care, while Devereaux is a strong advocate of the publicly-financed system.

Orovan is involved in several private health care initiatives, and has a longstanding interest in public policy issues surrounding health care.

Devereaux has been involved in extensive health policy research comparing health outcomes and payment for care in private for-profit and private not-for-profit health care delivery systems.

The debate has been organized by Dr. Gordon Guyatt, a professor of CE&B, as part of elective studies on health policy for medical students.

The 90-minute debate will take place in Room 3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.

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