KQED’s ‘Health Dialogues’ Program To Examine Violence as a Public Health Issue
KQED's "Health Dialogues," a live, monthly call-in program sponsored by the California Endowment to examine health care issues in the state, tonight will examine violence as a public health issue. KQED reports that violent crime in California has "reached alarming levels." In addition to the "tremendous toll" of deaths and injuries, acute medical care for gun-related injuries can cost more than $30,000 per hospital admission and is mostly paid by taxpayers, according to KQED. The program will discuss a proposal by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to approach violence as an epidemic to reduce its incidence and the issue of whether an individual or societal approach could work to reduce violence. The program will air at 7 p.m. PT. Check local radio listings for availability. The program will be available online in RealPlayer Audio within one day of the broadcast (KQED, "Health Dialogues" release, 4/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.