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Addressing Financial Toxicity in U.S. Health Care: The Physician Perspective

Addressing Financial Toxicity in U.S. Health Care: The Physician Perspective

As U.S. health care costs continue their relentless rise, much of the cost is passed on to insured patients in the form of higher deductibles, copays and coinsurance. The problem has become so acute that physicians have coined the term “financial toxicity” to describe this troubling phenomenon. Financial toxicity increases the likelihood of high debt and bankruptcy, creates barriers to necessary medical care, and forces patients to make trade-offs between medical and nonmedical needs. At this event, we spoke with physician experts in cardiovascular disease and cancer to understand how financial toxicity harms patients in their specialty, and discuss potential solutions that clinicians and policymakers can apply in medical practice to mitigate the burden and consequences of out-of-pocket costs for patients.  

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Health and Biosciences. Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerHealth.




8:00 a.m. — Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Opening Remarks & Introduction
8:40 a.m. — Presentations
9:20 a.m. — Discussion and Q&A
9:50 a.m. — Concluding Remarks


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Welcome Speaker

Rola El-Serag, M.D.
L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

Featured Speakers

Khurram Nasir, M.D., MPH
Division Chief, Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center; Director, Center for Computational Health & Precision Medicine (C3-PH); and Division Chief, Health Equity and Disparities Research and Co-Director, Center for Outcomes Research, Houston Methodist

Anaeze C. Offodile II, M.D., MPH
Nonresident Scholar, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery and Executive Director of Clinical Transformation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Vivian Ho, Ph.D.
James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, Baker Institute





Wed, April 20, 2022
8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005