Forum to focus on national health care reform

March 13, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

A panel of health care professionals from Carroll County and Western Maryland will speak about efforts in Congress to reform the nation's health care system at a forum Monday sponsored by Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

The meeting is the third in a series moderated by Mr. Bartlett, a Republican representing Maryland's 6th District. It will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 157 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The nine-member panel will answer questions about proposals to reform health care. Mr. Bartlett invited a Clinton administration representative, but no one had responded as of Friday, said Cheri Jacobus, Mr. Bartlett's press secretary.

The freshman congressman wants to get residents talking about health care issues, she said.

"He wants to hear what his constituents have to say," Ms. Jacobus said.

Mr. Bartlett does not support President Clinton's reform proposal, which would provide universal health coverage. Mr. Bartlett does not back any plan that appears to be "socialized medicine," she said.

The congressman likes the idea of allowing people to set up a tax-free account to pay medical expenses, she said. The account could earn interest, and families would be able to

choose their own doctors, she said.

Mr. Bartlett already has sponsored health care forums in Washington County, where about 100 people attended, and Frederick County, where about 50 came, Ms. Jacobus said.

He also plans to moderate meetings in Howard, Allegany and Garrett counties.

The following professionals are scheduled to speak at the Carroll forum:

* Wayne Barnes, president of Barnes Bollinger Insurance Co. in Westminster.

* William Dougherty, economics professor at Carroll Community College.

* Sarah Gamerman, a nurse at the Robinwood Medical Center in Hagerstown.

* Linda Harder, vice president of marketing at Carroll County General Hospital.

* Jim Klutz, president of Frederick Memorial Hospital.

* Edward Lampton, a Hagerstown radiologist.

* Arthur J. Lomant, an Eldersburg internist.

* Arthur Riley, a Westminster pharmacist.

L * Nancy Stocks, administrator at Westminster Nursing Center.

Information: 857-1115.

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