National Health Care Reform: Strategies for a Country in Crisis

Read the Rice News article about the National Health Care Reform conference.

As the economy faces its most severe downturn in decades, the need for health care reform is even more pressing. Health care expenditures exceed $2 trillion annually in the United States, and rising health care costs are straining limited resources in both the public and private sectors. More than 40 million Americans remain uninsured, and many states are being forced to curtail Medicaid funding due to the shrinking economy. This conference brings together five of the nation"s foremost health economists to discuss the current state of health care reform and strategies for the future. The goal is to provide objective information and foster critical debate that will shape future health care policy.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this education activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Speaker Vivian Ho
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality ...

Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.


Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.



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When?

Wed, May 6, 2009
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

Where?

Rice University's Baker Institute