Physician to Discuss Medicaid in May 8 Lecture

Dr. Darcy Nikol Bryan suggests the U.S. focus discussion on health rather than health insurance

Darcy Nikol Bryan, M.D.

Darcy Nikol Bryan, M.D.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Dr. Darcy Nikol Bryan, chair of the Maternal-Child Department at Riverside Community Hospital, will discuss the need to refocus the U.S. health care discussion on health rather than health insurance on Thursday, May 8, at the University of California, Riverside.

The 12:30 p.m. lecture, “Medicaid: A Physician’s Perspective,” is presented by the School of Public Policy and will be held in Humanities 1500. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Dr. Bryan is a board-certified obstetrician, gynecologist and surgeon at Riverside Medical Clinic. She is conducting research for her master of public administration degree, investigating high-needs areas impacting family health and well-being in the Greater Los Angeles area to facilitate the work of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to address the causes of poverty and injustice.

She authored a chapter in “The Economics of Medicaid: Assessing the Costs and Consequences,” published recently by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, in which she details the challenges of working with the Medicaid system, such as the program’s failure to cover treatments she feels would be most effective for her patients. She suggests that policymakers focus more on people’s overall wellbeing, rather than simply whether or not they have health insurance.

Medicaid is the largest health insurance provider in the United States.

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