Fergus Falls will have the chance to be part of a national conversation about health care
costs during National Public Health Week.
“Are We Sometimes Overdosing on Health Care?” is the question being posed by Baby
Boomers for Balanced Health Care, a group of citizens concerned about out of control
health care spending.
“We have looked at many issues contributing to the tsunami of health care spending in our
country,” said Dr. Bill Doherty, director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University
of Minnesota. “While many things are beyond our control, we are focusing on the widely-
held cultural belief that more health care is better health care.”
Local resident Bill Adams, a member of Baby Boomers for Balanced Health Care, will
facilitate the Fergus Falls conversation along with Doherty. “We are a group of citizen Baby
Boomers who want to start a cultural conversation about having balanced health care, not
just more health care,” said Adams.
Doherty is nationally recognized for his work in citizen engagement and cultural change
issues. He and Adams recently spoke at the Lown Institute’s national conference in San
Diego, a Boston-based group dedicated to working on over-use in healthcare. Doherty and
Adams have presented to other national audiences concerned about healthcare costs and
Baby Boomers for Balanced Health Care has been endorsed by Consumer Reports as part of
the national Choosing Wisely campaign. Adams and Doherty are scheduled to present to
Choosing Wisely partners on their work in citizen engagement.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our community,” said Diane Thorson, Otter Tail County
Public Health director. “We want to continue the community conversations we began that
are helping us build a culture of health,” Thorson said. “We are seeking people’s input as we
work to design a sustainable rural health model that works.” Thorson explained that
unwise spending on health care can rob us of resources that we need for other priorities
like education, roads and bridges, community safety, housing and preventative health.
Thorson said the community conversation is part of the new Minnesota State Innovation
Model grant that the Otter Tail Public Health was awarded as an Accountable Community
The forum is being sponsored by Otter Tail County Public Health in partnership with Lake
Region Healthcare, Lakeland Mental Health Center, and PartnerSHIP 4 Health during
National Public Health Week.
You are invited to a Public Forum
“Are We Sometimes Overdosing on Health Care?”
Otter Tail Government Services Center
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
April 7, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
560 Fir Ave West
Join in a community conversation about today’s cultural belief that
more health care is better health care.
Until recently, most people were concerned about getting
too little health care and it is still the concern of many.
But a new problem has crept upon us in recent decades:
too much health care. Too many tests, procedures, and
services that don’t help and can harm. We’ll examine the
question “Are we overdosing on health care?”
Overuse and overspending in health care can affect our
personal well-being and the larger economy. They deprive
our country of resources for other priorities like education,
research, community safety, and human services.
Your input is invaluable as we look to design a sustainable
rural health model that meets the needs of its citizenry
while being economically viable.
Sponsored by Otter Tail County Public Health in partnership with
Lake Region Healthcare, Lakeland Mental Health Center and
This forum is paid for in part by funding received from the
Minnesota Department of Health State Innovation Model
PartnerSHIP 4 Health
Accountable Communities for Health Grant.