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2019 Hippocrates Lecture to Address “Medicare for All” Topic

“Healthcare in Crisis: Medicare to the Rescue” will be the subject of the 17th annual Hippocrates Society Lecture sponsored by the St. Louis Society for Medical and Scientific Education (SLSMSE), the charitable foundation of the medical society, on Tuesday, September 17. The event will again be held at Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Road in Maryland Heights, with a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE, FAACP, chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 32 year-old non-profit research and education organization in support of providing an improved form of Medicare for all Americans, will be the featured presenter.

Dr. Weisbart will address why “American physicians are among the least happy in the world – we spend far too much time away from our patients, managing a needlessly complex business of medicine and dealing with arcane burdens of the Byzantine insurance industry. Now the nation is considering restructuring the entire landscape through a “Medicare for All” scheme,” he continued. “It’s critical that physicians have a strong voice at the table, that we understand how the current proposals would affect both us and our patients. What should we watch out for? What should we fight for? And what should we worry about?”

Dr. Weisbart is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, and a national speaker with multiple articles published in both national medical journals and local media regarding the healthcare needs of the uninsured. He volunteers in a variety of safety net clinics and other non-profits across the St. Louis area, and serves as vice president of the Consumers Council of Missouri.

He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago in 1979, and completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in family medicine education at Michigan State University in 1982. He practiced family medicine at Rush Medical Center in Chicago for twenty years. He previously served as chief medical officer of Express Scripts from 2003 to 2010.

The annual Hippocrates Society lecture and dinner is free and open to all SLMMS members, including medical student members. There is a $40 per person fee for spouses, guests and non-members. Reservations are required and must be made before Wednesday, September 11, by contacting Liz Webb at 314-989-1014, ext. 100 or

Members may also submit questions for Dr. Weisbart in advance of the lecture to

CME credit will be available for the lecture.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Missouri State Medical Association through the joint providership of Institute for International Medicine (INMED) and St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. The Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Institute for International Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in the activity.

2019 SLMMS Hippocrates Lecture
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Spazio Westport
12031 Lackland Road, Maryland Heights
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner immediately followed by lecture
Free for SLMMS members; $40 for non-members and guests

Speaker: Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE, FAAFP, Physicians for a National Health Program, Missouri Chapter Chair


RSVP: Liz Webb, 314-989-1014, ext. 100 or

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