Seminars at Steamboat event to offer discussion on health care issues |

Seminars at Steamboat event to offer discussion on health care issues

Arthur Caplan

Top 5 things Caplan will discuss at the seminar

1. Finding affordable health care

2. The ethics of legalizing marijuana

3. How we should be dealing with or responding to epidemics

4. What sort of steps individuals should take in preparation to manage personal medical care if he or she becomes impaired or unable to talk

5. Whether or not vaccinations should be mandated and what should be done to make people healthier

— At first thought, health care may be a seemingly daunting issue.

But when broken down into an open setting that welcomes questions and piques curiosity, there is the potential to reach a consensus.

Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, will be the featured speaker at Thursday night’s free Seminars at Steamboat event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets will be distributed at 4:15 p.m., and doors open at the same time. 

With medical technologies advancing at a rapid pace, there often are high costs attached, said Caplan, who will review ethical and policy lessons that some new procedures raise during his seminar, “Rationing Health Care: Ethical Challenges, Ethical Answers.”

He also plans to cover a wide range of issues pertaining to how health dollars are spent, including end-of-life care.

A few of his primary questions address how the nation should move forward in granting access to expensive but important breakthroughs.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kaplan met with doctors and nurses at Yampa Valley Medical Center to discuss a number of issues. Among the topics discussed were the issues of random drug testing for doctors and whether or not doctors and nurses should be required to get vaccinated.

A passionate and avid speaker to medical institutes and hospitals across the nation, Caplan seeks to educate communities about making a difference.

“I think that by helping people put in better policies to make a difference will allow for a more educated public in order to dissolve questions,” Caplan said Wednesday. “There is a lot of impact people have in a community, and these issues are crucial.

“I think the community here in Steamboat is very influential; they are leaders locally and nationally,” he said. “No matter who you are, these topics will touch your life directly in some way because you will need health care at some point or pay for it and even vote for it.”

Young or old, Kaplan hopes the Steamboat Springs community will attend Thursday night’s Seminars in Steamboat with an open mind.

“I hope we can get the questions moving and have people engaged to develop new ways of thinking about health care and medical issues,” he said. “They have the opportunity to discover new ideas and learn about possible solutions.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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