Webinar: A Cry for Help – The Healthcare Cost Crisis Amid COVID-19

2 min
May 07, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PT


The COVID-19 crisis is highlighting structural weaknesses in the U.S. healthcare system that disadvantage patients. In addition to those who have tested positive for the virus, millions of Americans say cost would prohibit them from seeking treatment if they suspected they had COVID-19 or that they have been denied care due to high patient volume brought on by the outbreak.

Join experts from Gallup and West Health for A Cry for Help: The Healthcare Cost Crisis Amid COVID-19. This webinar will reveal what ongoing polling of Americans on the impact of high healthcare costs — including during the COVID-19 crisis — illuminates about the desperate choices many Americans make between staying well and paying their bills.

Join us for this next episode in our series Living with Uncertainty: Insights and Conversations About COVID-19.

Webinar Speakers: 

Mohamed Younis, Editor-in-Chief, Gallup News | As editor-in-chief, Mohamed leads the Gallup News team. For the past 10 years, Mohamed has led some of Gallup’s largest global and regional studies on social, political and economic issues. His research at Gallup has focused on geopolitics and the shifting global order, U.S. foreign policy, state stability, youth employment challenges, and relations between Muslim communities and Western societies.

Mohamed provides briefings to world leaders and institutions on Gallup’s research and provides expert insights to television, radio and print media worldwide. Since 2012, Mohamed has led Gallup’s initiatives on situational intelligence and open-source monitoring. He leads a team of strategic advisers who monitor and consult on real-time geopolitical shifts around the world. Mohamed is a member of the Virginia State Bar, has studied and worked in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and is fluent in Arabic.

Tim Lash, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health | Tim Lash oversees the strategy and execution of West Health’s successful aging initiatives in applied medical research, policy, advocacy and outcomes-based philanthropy. This work supports the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization’s mission of lowering healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Lash is also the Chief Executive Officer of Gary and Mary West PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), which recently opened in San Marcos, CA.

Lash has extensive experience in shaping and advancing innovative and disruptive healthcare models, establishing collaborations across a diverse group of stakeholders and organizations, creating new growth platform strategies, and executing acquisitions/equity investments. Prior to joining West Health, he held leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and several other healthcare companies.

Dan Witters, Senior Researcher, Gallup | As a senior researcher for Gallup, Dan uses his expertise in survey design, methodology, analysis, business outcomes modeling, report writing and presenting results to help leaders better understand the attitudes, experiences and behaviors of the public about health and wellbeing.

As lead researcher investigating the impacts of the healthcare cost crisis on the U.S. public with West Health, Dan has analyzed the financial, emotional and physical impacts of high healthcare costs.