WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America
WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America

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Moderator John Hockenberry engages panelists in an animated discussion.

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Who Cares: Chronic Illness in America explores the challenging scenarios that are playing out in homes and hospitals every day among health care professionals and families coping with chronic illness, our country's major health care challenge.

Chronic illness is at the heart of America's high-cost, high-stress, health care crisis. Whether it's asthma, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer's or another disease, the problems facing people suffering from long-term chronic conditions are similar - too little care, too little support, too high a cost and too much struggle with a health care system not designed to meet their needs.

Families panic at the prospect of providing round-the-clock care without training or financial support. Doctors are overwhelmed by patients with chronic illness flooding into emergency rooms because they don't have access to preventative, well-managed care. In the workplace, employees with poorly-managed medical conditions and family caregivers with responsibilities at home create an impossible dilemma for their employers. Meanwhile, our health care system, primarily geared to acute care, seems to hemorrhage time and money as it struggles to cope with the continual demands of managing a long-term disease.

Moderated by award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, this 60-minute program brings together a diverse group of doctors, patients, caregivers, experts and concerned citizens who get to the heart of these issues. Using the Fred Friendly Seminars format, moderator John Hockenberry pushes the panelists to explore the dilemmas and the tough choices that chronic illness and the demands of caregiving force families, healthcare providers and employers to confront.

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Photo Credits:  © Don Perdue, 2000

Broadcast Premiere
Fall 2001 (Check local listings for dates and showtimes)
Video Highlights
Two panelists role-play the parents of an asthmatic.
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The panel discusses the limitations of Medicare.
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