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Ep. 52 Should Doctors Get Involved in Healthcare Policy? A Med Student’s Perspective

Aamir Hussein, MD Candidate 2019

Doctors are embroiled in a healthcare system they appear to have no control over.  It therefore seems plausible that if they got involved in healthcare policy, they might be in a position to “steer the ship” or at least have a say in how the ship is steered.

We discuss the pros and cons of healthcare policy in general—and of a doctor’s involvement in such policy—with Aamir Hussein, a 4th year medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

A native of Farmington, CT, Mr. Hussain also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a BA from Georgetown University in Government.  He writes frequently about interfaith dialogue, Islam, and the intersections between healthcare and spirituality and has given lectures around the United States on these topics. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and PBS, and his writings have been featured in medical journals and several online outlets including Religion News Service and The Huffington Post.

GUEST:

Aamir Hussein: Twitter.

LINKS:

Milton Friedman at the Mayo Clinic: YouTube clip

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1 Comment

  1. Anthony Perry on 01/07/2019 at 3:44 PM

    Your guest seems to have bought into pragmatism, evidence based rather than ideological solving of identified problems. But such a philosophy (or really non philosophy) throws out the fundamental value of basic principles and often leads us paradoxically to complex, confused and unworkable solutions. So the abandonment of traditional medical ethics and principles in favor of pragmatic well-intentioned solutions to help those on the low end of the financial spectrum has led to a system that nobody is happy with.

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