Mar 7

Past Event

Our Looming Medical Cost Catastrophe: What’s to be Done?

Event Materials

Summary

Uncontrolled medical spending has risen to the top of the national agenda and become a fiercely-contested election year issue. This conference, co-sponsored by Brookings and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, will consider why past efforts to contain costs have failed and how America might achieve cost-sensitive health care reform in the future. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will offer opening remarks on how to achieve change in today’s political climate. Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag, will deliver the luncheon address. The conference panelists, who include many of the nation’s top experts on health policy, come from a variety of disciplines and political perspectives. The speakers will take audience questions.

At the end of this year, The Brookings Institution Press will publish a volume, edited by Gregg Bloche and Leslie Meltzer, entitled Beyond Learned Helplessness: Solving America’s Health Care Cost Conundrum. The volume will contain contributions from the conference speakers and from others.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction

    • Gregg Bloche

      Director of the Center on Health Care Financing and Organization, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University

    • Leslie Meltzer

      Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy, Georgetown University Law Center; Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

  • Vehicles for Health Reform: How to Get Big Change in Today's Political Climate

    • Tom Daschle

      Special Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird LLP; former Senate Majority Leader

  • The History of Health Care Cost Containment: Past Failures and Lessons Learned

    • Timothy Jost

      Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

  • Panel I: Social Stewardship versus Fidelity to Patients? Ethical and Legal Dilemmas

    • Daniel Wikler

      Professor of Population Ethics, Harvard University School of Public Health

    • Leslie Meltzer

      Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy, Georgetown University Law Center; Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

    • William Sage

      Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Texas

  • Health Care Costs, Quality, and the Federal Budget

    • Peter Orszag

      Director of the Congressional Budget Office

  • Panel II: Seeking Value and Setting Limits

    • Jonathan Skinner

      Professor of Economics and Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth

    • Dana Goldman

      Chair and Director of Health Economics, Finance, and Organization, RAND

    • Richard Epstein

      Professor of Law, University of Chicago

    • David Hyman

      Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Illinois

    • Bradley Herring

      Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Panel II: Moderator

  • Panel III: “Bending the Curve”: Hard Choices and Hidden Opportunities

    • Mark Hall

      Professor of Law and Public Health, Wake Forest University

    • Gregg Bloche

      Director of the Center on Health Care Financing and Organization, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University

    • Sean Tunis

      Director, Center for Medical Technology Policy

    • Jeanne Lambrew

      Associate Professor, University of Texas School of Public Affairs

  • Panel III: Moderator

    • Patrick Healy

      Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution

Details

March 7, 2008

8:30 AM - 4:15 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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