Causes of Alaska’s high healthcare costs
“Healthcare” from Flickr user: Michael Havens

On this show, we are continuing our month-long series on healthcare by examining the causes for the difference between healthcare costs in the United States, and Alaska’s healthcare costs, which have been shown to be the highest of any state and arguably the highest in the world.

You will hear each of the seven panelists begin the program with a 4-minute introduction, setting out each person’s views on the causes for Alaska’s high healthcare costs. Then they will challenge each other by asking pertinent questions.




  • Dr. Alan Gross, orthopedic surgeon
  • Dr. Robert (R.J.) Hall, orthopedic surgeon
  • Bruce Lamoureux, Senior VP/CEO, Providence Alaska Region
  • Jennifer Meyhoff, Legislative Co-Chair, Alaska Association of Health Underwriters
  • Dr. Stanley Watkins, cardiologist at Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Lori Wing-Heier, Director of the Alaska Division of Insurance
  • Charles Wohlforth, author/columnist/broadcaster


  • Cliff Groh, Chair of Alaska Common Ground




BROADCAST: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:00p.m.

RECORDED: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.


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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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