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As Congress goes into recession, the debate over healthcare hits home. But what's really happening on the reform front? Will it meet the needs of the American public? In a 5-hour special series over five days, we'll hear from doctors, hospital administrators, insurance companies, economists and average people about what's driving up healthcare costs, what it will take to make real changes, and what trade-offs people are willing to make to see meaningful reform through.

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Dr. William A. Norcross is a professor of family medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. At UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest, he studies the future of health care and the role of the family physician. Norcross has collected data over two decades on the practices of residency-trained family physicians and the role of the primary care physician. Norcross also serves as director of the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education program, or PACE, a physician course to improve physician education in all specialties, including physician-patient communication. Norcross received his M.M.S.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harris is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. Harris is a neuro-otologic surgeon who deals with disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and tumors that affect the skull base. He is also an expert in otosclerosis and the surgery to correct it. Since 1987, Harris has led the UCSD division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, which is among the top group of NIH-funded programs for this specialty and has been listed as one of the best otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S.

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Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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