Health Sharing and the Politics of Health Care

Join Host Mike Koriwchak, M.D. in this week’s Doctor’s Lounge as we travel back to DPC 2018 and explore the best interviews recorded live at the annual conference.

This week Mike interviews Dale Bellis of Liberty HealthShare and Dr. Elaina George, author, speaker, columnist, podcaster, and board certified Otolaryngologist.

BBellisio: Dale Bellis is currently the Executive Director of Liberty HealthShare. He led the reorganization plan two years ago that launched Liberty HealthShare under the terms of the Affordable Care Act for healthcare sharing ministries. Liberty HealthShare dates its origins to the mid-1980s. Mr. Bellis began his work in healthcare as an Executive Administrator with the First cost-sharing group ever begun in modern times. When he started in 1988 there were 1000 families participating. When he left in 2001 there were 25,000 families sharing medical bills. He was instrumental in passing legislation in 11 states exempting cost sharing from insurance regulations.

George, M.D.Bio: Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. Her interest in the politics of healthcare and the reform effort have led her to become both a powerful voice for the practicing physician, an advocate for the patient, and a healthcare policy analyst specializing in healthcare consumer driven solutions. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology.

She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Her training included general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, pediatric ENT at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and head and neck oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

She has published in several scientific journals and presented her research at national meetings. As a solo practitioner in private practice who is also a small business owner, she has a unique perspective on the problems of health care delivery, the true costs of healthcare and viable solutions. Dr George is a recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award in 2008 and 2009. She was honored with membership in The Leading Physicians of the World and Who’s Who Top Doctors Honors Edition.

She is a member of the National Physicians Council on Healthcare Policy and is a contributor to a wide variety of websites including BigGovernment.com, Newmediajournal.us, and Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog. Dr George has been a recurring guest discussing a wide range of medical topics from Your World with Neil Cavuto, Financial Survival Network With Kerry Lutz and Newsmax, to appearances on Frances & Friends to discuss the consequences of healthcare reform with a world wide audience of over 500 million people. She has also been a medical expert on a range of shows including The Bill Cunningham Show, Lions of Liberty, The Barry Farber Show, and The Kev Baker Show. Dr George hosts her own show, Medicine On Call, a weekly talk show that explores health issues and the politics of medicine on Americas Web Radio and Liberty Talk.fm Radio. She is the author of Big Medicine: The cost of Corporate Control And How Doctors And Patients Working Together Can Rebuild A Better System – A book which explores how the US healthcare system has evolved and explains how patients and doctors can create a healthcare system that is based on the principles of price transparency with the power of the doctor patient relationship.

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