For this month’s gathering, we will discuss a few interrelated themes, starting with labor and worker rights, hostile work environments, lack of work-life balance, and its effect on health and health care costs.
“How to create Community-run Cooperatives that result in Universal Health Care.” Ed Barr hosts the Ideas Club for Humanists of Houston (www.meetup.com/humanism-177/events/jmrcrpyzhbpb/) at Bayland Community Center. Sat. May 11, Don McCormick, founding CEO of the nonprofits TBT.com and PPC (Patient/Physician Cooperatives based in Houston), will address medical economics, and how to build member-owned Cooperatives around existing clinics and hospitals working with PPC to cut health care costs in half.
Weight loss and Wellness Summit – learn from breakout sessions provided by doctors, registered dietitian, nutritionist, exercise physiologist, health coach, and food for life instructor. Our inspiring Keynote Speaker is Josh Lajaunie who will share tips and tricks from his journey of going from 420 lbs to ultra marathon runner.
Come mingle with Healthcare for All Texas members, newbies welcome! Watch funny videos of comedians mocking U.S. Healthcare system and related social justice issues and try your hand at trivia for prizes. Learn about actions, meetups and activities we are planning for next year and enjoy fabulous pizza!
In light of the UNRWA funding crisis and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, we’re fundraising to provide emergency assistance, including employing 25 UNRWA counselors — refugees themselves — to provide psychosocial support to Palestine refugee children and families in the Gaza Strip who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade.
We all know what a huge rip off our health care system is. But aside from just the extortion level pricing, the system is rigged so well it is nearly impossible for even a prudent and well informed consumer to navigate and avoid nasty billing surprises. Just a few examples: You make an effort to go to an in-network hospital and receive one or more out-of-network bills from doctors or other hospital staff, often for astronomical sums of money, and were given no warning of such. You receive over a dozen different bills from one hospital stay in our fragmented system, and they keep you in limbo for months, sometimes even a year or longer, after your procedure/discharge, not knowing if you will receive another unexpected bill. It is rare that any medical provider will disclose prices for a procedure, etc. beforehand, and often will not make clear whether or not it is covered by insurance. Come to our gathering, vent your frustrations, and tell your horror stories, or those of a family member or friend, in dealing with the shenanigans of our health care system, and then lets discuss how we can fight back.
Grace United Church of Christ is hosting a Care Van, providing free immunizations for children up to 18 years of age. Please bring shot records!
Need more incentive to stand up for better treatment in the workplace and worker’s rights on a wide range of issues? How about the dismal state of affairs in worker treatment and protections being a major contributing factor to poor health, including public health and safety, and higher health care costs. Discuss how chronic, costly and often serious health conditions (ie: heart disease, diabetes, etc), as well as injuries (esp. auto accidents and workplace related) are exacerbated and made more common as a result of lack of worker protections, lack of paid sick and maternity leave, overwork and poor work/life balance and hostile work environments.