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Physician Speaks of Universal Health Care as a Civil Right

July 10, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – For some people, universal health care might be a complex issue that is brought up during election years. But for Johnathon S. Ross, a Toledo physician and a Past President of Physicians for a National Health Program, it is a civil rights issue, a right for all people.

Dr. Ross gave a presentation on universal health care June 24, 2019, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. He outlined the history of efforts in the United States to enact universal health care and spoke of the deteriorating access that many Americans have to health care, the financial burdens when the cost of health care rises or when facing a catastrophic illness while uninsured or underinsured, and the danger of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would leave 50 million people uninsured.

Drawing on his Christian roots, Dr. Ross spoke of the incident in which Jesus cast out the money-changers in the temple in Matthew 21:12-14. “The metaphor is that we’ve got the money-changers in the temple of medicine,” he said. “People who never look a sick person in the eyes are the ones who are in charge of writing off health care.” In many cases, he added, physicians have also been seduced by the lure of more money. 

Dr. Ross spoke passionately of the need for the United States to continue to work on offering affordable health care to all people in the country. He quoted the Golden Rule in the Christian tradition – and similar principles in other religious faiths – that call on people not to do to others what they would not want to have done to themselves. “So the question is, when we have our friends, neighbors, comrades, children, aunts, grandmas, and grandpas who are uninsured, why are we doing that to them?” he asked. 

For more information on the issue, visit the website for Physicians for a National Health Program.


Prominent Doctor to Explore Universal Medicare

June 17, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Why do we need a national health program for all people? That is the question that Johnathon Ross, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine, explores from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.

Dr. Ross speaks about what he calls the disease of our current health care system and how the massive administrative savings, bargaining power, and increased efficiency of a single-payer system can save money and provide comprehensive care without co-pays, large deductibles, or hidden costs.

A graduate of Cornell University and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Dr. Ross served as a family physician in a small rural community in upstate New York as a member of the National Health Service Corps. He also practiced and taught general internal medicine for 38 years at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he chaired the Department of Internal Medicine and served on the executive committee of its medical staff. 

Dr. Ross served on the Ohio State Medical Board, helping to establish the educational requirements and scope of licensed physician assistants in Ohio, and is on the Board of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Dr. Ross’s presentation is free and open to the public. Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. 


 

 

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