Bristol Health Cares explores advocacy in CT healthcare

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A recent episode of Bristol Health Cares features a conversation with Kurt Barwis, President and CEO of Bristol Health and Ellen Andrews, of the CT Health Policy Project. Bristol Health Cares is a wide-ranging program with guests ranging from providers, community leaders, to innovators about navigating healthcare and answering questions. The conversation touched on the role of advocates in Connecticut’s health policy landscape, the culture of healthcare in our state, funding for critical community resources, the value of prevention, high healthcare prices, the complexities of sustaining a health system, whether payment increases improve access to care, opportunity costs, Medicare Advantage, historic underfunding of public health, violence against staff in hospitals, and the impact of consolidation on costs and patient choice.