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Remaking Louisiana Medicine (2006)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-09-20

Duration: 00:57:05

Subjects: Health care reform | Health facilities | Earl K. Long Medical Center | Medical students | LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans | Cancer treatment | Privacy, Right of | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Insurance Industry | Medicine


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Breaux, John Interviewee
  • Paige, John Interviewee
  • Raggio, Thomas Interviewee
  • Tony, Sun Interviewee
  • Lopez, Fred Interviewee
  • Cerise, Fred Interviewee
  • Davis, Paul Interviewee
  • Ferguson, Thomas Interviewee
  • Pisanie, Dianna Interviewee
  • Sharpless, Linda Interviewee
  • Olden, Jack Speaker
  • Pryce, Velma Speaker
  • Smiley, Beverly Speaker
  • St. Blanc, Laura Speaker
  • Newton, Donald Speaker
  • Prejean, Cary Speaker
  • Evers, Darrell Speaker
  • Gardner, Veronica Speaker
  • Smith, Susan Hidalgo Speaker
  • Moon, Velma Speaker
  • Townsend, Roxane Panelist
  • Salter, Joe Panelist
  • Hood, David Panelist
  • Cherry, Julie Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 20, 2006, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists about Louisiana's health care system following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: United States Senator John Breaux; Dr. John Paige; Thomas Raggio; Dr. Tony Sun; Dr. Fred Lopez; Dr. Fred Cerise; Paul David; Dr. Thomas Ferguson; Dianna Pisanie; and Linda Sharpless. The audience members then discuss their views on the politics surrounding the cost of health care and equitable access to medical records following natural disasters. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Roxane Townsend of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; State Representative Joe Salter; David Hood, Senior Health Care Policy Analyst at the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); and Julie Cherry, Secretary-Treasurer of Louisiana AFL-CIO. They discuss: access to medical records; proposed legislation to reduce the burden of medical coverage; and emerging technology for improved training in medical schools. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman