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04/24/2012

Next Roundtable Looks at Health Care in the U.S.

If the United States is spending more money on health care than any other country, shouldn’t it have the highest life expectancy and lowest infant mortality rate? Apparently not, says Craig Little, a SUNY distinguished service professor of sociology/anthropology at SUNY Cortland.

Little will present “Health Care in America: Where In The World Are We?” at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room. The talk is the final one in the SUNY Cortland Community Roundtable series, which is presented by the President’s Office and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will precede the lecture at 7:45 a.m. and a question-and-answer session will follow it.

“The American mentality surrounding health care is: ‘If I got mine, I don’t care about anyone else,’” Little said.

But there are more than 50 million Americans living without health care, Little pointed out.

 “Instead of reinventing the wheel, let’s look at the countries already providing affordable and adequate health care for their people,” he said.

In his talk, Little also will address the importance of health care for college students.

 “Most young adults don’t feel like they need health care,” he said. “But imagine not having health care and getting into a car accident. You could potentially spend the rest of your life in debt.”

The SUNY Cortland Community Roundtable series provides programs on diverse intellectual, regional and cultural topics of interest to College faculty, staff and community members. Public parking is available in the Park Center lot during the event.

For more information, contact the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office at (607) 753-4214.