THE STATE OF HEALTHCARE

Winter 2014 Day of Service

The United States spends far more on health care than any other developed nation, yet it is not healthier. The American healthcare system is an entanglement of the public and private sector. There are many components to it, from hospitals to insurance companies to nursing homes to pharmaceutical companies to governmental departments. With the topic of universal healthcare in the headlines during the past few years, conversations about health care have found their way into living rooms around the country. Issues of access and equity permeate theses conversations. The financial costs of health care are great. At times, families are forced to choose between life or death with financial hardship.

In December of 2014 Woodhall students gained access to the many systems and bodies that go into our health care system. Immersion sites included:

Aetna Headquarters (Hartford, CT)
Community Health Center (Meriden, CT)
Wheeler Clinic & Connecticut Clearinghouse (Plainville, CT)
Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Ridgefield, CT)
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (Torrington, CT)
St. Mary’s Hospital (Waterbury, CT)