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The High Cost of Health Care: By the People Special (2005)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-11-16

Duration: 00:56:42

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Health Care


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Riley, Melvin Speaker
  • Dunn, Kevin Speaker
  • Singleton, Ann Speaker
  • Hamilton, Alfreda Speaker
  • Colbert, Bernice Speaker
  • Ryals, Susan Speaker
  • Shaw, Jonathan Speaker
  • Ellwood, Summer Speaker
  • Brown, Rosemary Speaker
  • Baggett, Beverly Speaker
  • McConnell, Robert Speaker
  • Steiner, JoPaul Speaker
  • Penton, Harold Speaker
  • Cerise, Fred Panelist
  • Fontenot, Teri Panelist
  • Dardenne, Jay Panelist
  • Madden, Roberta Panelist


This special episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 16, 2005, features the highlights from the Deliberation Day discussions held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a part of the PBS “By the People” initiative. Hosts Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman first present a background report put together by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions on the health care challenges in the United States. Freeman the leads a discussion between the Deliberation Day participants. They discuss: the rising cost of health care; the uninsured population; who should pay for health care; the health care system in Canada; doctor-patient relationships; preventive care; and caring for the elderly. Freeman then moderates a discussion between the audience members and a panel of experts. The panelists are: Dr. Fred Cerise, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Teri Fontenot, the president of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge; State Senator Jay Dardenne; and Roberta Madden, the director of women’s health and public policy for the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge. They discuss: the high cost of health care; possible alternatives to funding the nation’s health care delivery system; moving towards electronic patient records; the importance of preventive care; and developing more public-private partnerships.