Last updated on: 9/16/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Jerry Old, MD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Kansas University School of Medicine - Wichita
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Recently proposed federal legislation on health reform would have allowed physicians to code and get paid for discussing end-of-life care options with patients. This idea was not welcomed; instead, it was met with alarm and bizarre misunderstanding – the ‘death panel’ inference and cries of ‘health care rationing.’ The provision has been removed from current reform bills…

Paradoxically, the very idea that created the most furor about governmental coercion would have increased patient autonomy by guaranteeing everyone the right to discuss and set goals with their doctors about the kind of medical care they want as the end of life approaches.”

“End of Life Discussions Are in Patietnts’ Best Interests,” www.ama-assn.org, Mar. 15, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Kansas University School of Medicine (Wichita)
  • Geriatrics Clerkship Director, Kansas University School of Medicine (Wichita)
  • General practitioner, family medicine, Lenexa, KS
  • Recipient, Student Voice Award, Kansas University School of Medicine, 2004 & 2005
  • Recipient, Most Supportive Faculty Award, Kansas University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Recipient, Nason Family Award for excellence in Family Medicine education award, Kansas University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Former Medical Director, Hospice Care of Kansas
  • Former Reviewer, Annals of Family Medicine
  • Recipient, Rural Preceptor Award, Kansas University School of Medicine, 1984 & 2000
Education:
  • MD, Kansas University School of Medicine, 1974
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do the health care reform laws set up "death panels"?