Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health

Colloquium | December 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221, Gifford Room

 Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association

These days, our health and well-being are sorted through a profit-seeking financial complex that monitors and commodifies our lives. Our access to competent, affordable health care grows more precarious every day. We need a deeper understanding of the changing structural conditions that link capitalism, health care, and health. From a recognition that such linkages deserve closer study and that this analytic work will assist in real-world struggles for change, Howard Waitzkin, in collaboration with the medical professionals, scholars, and activists who comprise the Working Group on Health Beyond Capitalism, wrote "Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health." Waitzkin will discuss just what's wrong with our medical system, how it got this way, and how this book contributes to a winning strategy in moving toward a post-capitalist health-care system.

 issi@berkeley.edu, 510-642-0813