WRFR-LP radio, based in Rockland, will present “The Future of Medical Care,” a discussion with Dr. Paul Klainer, MD, on its “Rockland Metro” show from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. WRFR broadcasts on 93.3 FM from Rockland and 99.3 FM from Camden. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments, at 593-0013. After the broadcast the conversation will continue at a dinner symposium, to which the public is invited. 

Dr. Klainer is the founder and director of Knox County Health Clinic, an independent nonprofit, founded in 1999, that provides medical, behavioral health, prescription assistance and dental services to the area’s uninsured. He is a member of the board and the planning committee of Coastal Healthcare Alliance and is chairperson of the PenBay Healthcare Quality committee.

Topics to be covered in the discussion will include potential effects of legislation now being discussed in Congress, the ongoing steep decline of independent medical practices around the country as well as in Knox County, and the trend toward hospital mergers and centralization.

The dinner symposium following the show is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 12, and places must be reserved in advance. People must also be ready to help: dinner participants prepare and serve the meal and wash the dishes. To reserve a place, e-mail Robert Lichtman at sugarhollowglass@earthlink.net.