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KNOXVILLE –- Dr. Dick Rose, a Knoxville primary care physician, will look back on medical history to determine how modern health care became so complicated at this week’s University of Tennessee Science Forum.

Rose will examine how health care financing in the United States has failed to evolve as medical problems and health approaches evolved in his presentation, entitled “Health Care Delivery: How Did We Get into This Mess?”

The presentation will occur from 12 to 1 p.m., Oct. 24, in Dining Room C-D of the Thompson Boling Arena on the UT Knoxville campus.

Rose plans to review the history of disease from prehistoric times to the present, with an emphasis on payment schedules that have developed in the United States since World War II. He also will explain how physicians think and why they act like they do.

Rose is currently a primary care physician with an emphasis on geriatrics. He has practiced medicine for 26 years, and in the past he has worked for a major health care system in many capacities, including hospital administrator and director of a quality improvement program. He founded and ran a medical group, Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants, which focuses on hospital care and treatment of HIV and AIDS patients.

The UT Science Forum is a weekly discussion that is free and open to the public. Different science topics will be discussed with a question-and-answer session at the end of each 40-minute presentation. Guests are welcome to bring or purchase a lunch and eat during the talk. For more information, contact Mark Littmann, forum organizer, at or 974-8156.

Upcoming Science Forum topics include the following:

– “Why Are There So Many Kinds of Salamanders in Appalachia?” Friday, Oct. 31, Ben Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
– “Climate Change and Freshwater, Our Most Valuable Resource,” Friday, Nov. 7, Steven Wilhelm, associate professor of microbiology
– “Influenza – Current Concerns and Scientific Challenges,” Friday, Nov. 14, Mark Sangster, assistant professor of microbiology
– “Bombarding Novel New Materials with Neutrons and X-Rays,” Friday, Nov. 21, Claudia J. Rawn, UT-ORNL joint senior research faculty


Jay Mayfield, UT media relations, (865)974-9409,

Mark Littmann, forum organizer, (865)-974-8156,