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.
- "Health Care Financing and the Prospects for Health Reform," by Katherine Baicker
- "Policy Interventions to Address Child Health Disparities: Moving Beyond Health Insurance," by Janet Currie
- "Mental Health Policy: Integration vs. Exceptionalism," by Thomas G. McGuire