On Medicare as Colonialism

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Join local author Michael Fine, MD for a reading and discussion of his newest book. Dr. Fine is a writer, community organizer and family physician. He served as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health from 2011 – 2015. In his newest book Dr. Fine uses the COVID-19 pandemic and many other examples to show the costly failure of the American health care system in bold relief. Hospitals, insurance companies, Big Pharma, specialists, and even primary care doctors have all become tools of the new health profiteers. “Michael Fine wins his big-hearted argument that American medicine is colonialism, not just for the poor but for all of us. It is a desecration of our health care system by the same old robber barons. . . . This doctor-activist is pointing us to solutions. Everyone should read it,” says Samuel Shem, author and professor of medical humanities, NYU Medical School.