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High costs of health care

Winchester speaker examines contributing factors

Dr. Melissa Stiles will present “The Elephant in the Room: Addressing U.S. Health Care Costs” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.

Sponsored by Winchester Academy, the program is free and open to the public.

Kaiser Health News reports that the United States currently spends more on health care services than any other country, exceeding $2.6 trillion annually, or about 18 percent of gross domestic product.

Most years, medical spending rises faster than inflation and the economy as a whole. Many factors contributes to those increases.

Stiles will discuss the drivers of U.S. health care costs and the steps needed to address the issue.

She says here is no one villain in the battle against rising health care costs.

Stiles is a professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is a steering committee member for the Wisconsin Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Linda and Gene Farley Wisconsin Chapter of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program.

Stiles has received awards for teaching as well as advocacy. Her special interests include geriatrics, violence prevention, health care reform, and value-based health care.

Winchester Academy is funded through sponsors and tex-deductible donations.

Stiles’ program is sponsored by Barry and Ruby Shaw.

For more information about Winchester Academy, follow the group on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or [email protected].

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