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Health care summit should inspire change

2014-08-03T00:00:00Z 2014-08-04T11:58:08Z Health care summit should inspire change The Billings Gazette
August 03, 2014 12:00 am

At the Big Sky Business Healthcare Summit in Billings, Rob Reilly, chief marketing officer for GE Healthcare, emphasized the approaching socio-economic changes facing generations of Boomers and GenXers, concentrating on Millennials, who will be responsible for caring for the aging population and continuing the decades long effort to improve our country's health care system.

Eyes turned to me, as I was the only person in attendance in that 20-something age bracket. Yet, with two years of economics and political science classes behind me, I have had little academic exposure to this far-reaching segment of our economy.

Our news is full of health care-related stories, but the shocking statistics, fascinating facts and research that were presented at this conference must get lost in the rhetoric and sensationalism. Health care policy and its economics figure into so many aspects of the lives of individuals and families as well as businesses and government. This was the kind of information sharing that inspired me, that caused me to consider changing the focus of my economic studies, that prepared a groundwork for me to be one of those younger people who work toward solutions and bettering how we take care of our citizens.

We are young, energetic and hopeful about our futures. If conferences such as this one targeted us as well as the more experienced business leaders and health care providers, I believe that the conversations and the problem-solving that would ensue, would be more fruitful and have broader impact.

Emma Kriner

Billings

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