Lessons from Abroad for Health Reform in the USA
Health reform is at the top of the agenda for the new administration and Congress. President Obama promised during his campaign to expand coverage so that all Americans have access to health insurance and to lower costs by ensuring only the most cost-effective medical technologies are used.
Many of the reforms proposed by President Obama and congressional leaders appear to be inspired by European health care systems, which are believed by many Americans to combine universal access, high quality, and low costs.
But what is the reality of health care in Europe and other countries? And what can the U.S. learn about European attempts to use government-sponsored "comparative effectiveness" criteria to determine which drugs and other treatments are reimbursed in public health systems?
Please join the Galen Institute and International Policy Network for this important conference, which offers a preview of the potential impact in the U.S. of policies already in place abroad.
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome, overview, and introductions
Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute and Philip Stevens of the International Policy Network
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Update on policies and prospects for health reform
Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Emory University
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Government involvement in health systems: An overview
- Alphonse Crespo, M.D. Institut Constant de Rebecque, Switzerland
- Brian Lee Crowley, Ph.D., Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Canada
- Valentin Petkantchin, Ph.D., Institut économique Molinari, France
- Wim Groot, Ph.D., Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, Moderator
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
A global perspective on comparative effectiveness programs
- John Bridges, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Founder and Editor of The Patient, discussing Australia
- Michael Schlander, M.D., University of Applied Economic Sciences and Institute for Innovation & Valuation in Health Care, discussing Germany and the United Kingdom
- Karol Sikora, Ph.D., M.D., Imperial College School of Medicine and CancerPartnersUK, United Kingdom
- Brett Skinner, Fraser Institute, Canada
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., American Enterprise Institute, Moderator
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Perspectives on the coming debate in Congress over health reform
Rep. Tom Price, M.D., Georgia and Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., Texas