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America's Misunderstood Medical System: Fact and Fiction

Professor Ted Marmor (Professor Emeritus, Yale University) will discuss recent attempts to reform US health policy and what the future holds for healthcare policy.

Date/Time: 27th September 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

The American politics of health care reform are complex and often confusing. Despite the Obamacare reform, the US still spends almost 18% of GDP on medical care and many people struggle to access health services. Addressing two major misunderstanding could help to better understand the complexity and challenges of the US medical systems: first, the idea that American medical care is one system at all rather than the patchwork it is of 5 different worlds.

Second, the awareness that the array of claimed innovations and panaceas to control costs and improving quality of care developed in the US in the last four decades have gone through a cycle of excessive hope followed by disappointment at their failure to rein in medical care spending, improving quality and access to health services.

In this talk about the US medical system, Prof. Marmor will discuss facts and fictions on recent attempts to reform US health policy, what to expect from the future and why the US should learn and emulate lessons from other countries.

After this lecture there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

This lecture is open to all.  

Speaker biography

Professor Marmor’s scholarship primarily concerns welfare state politics and policy in North America and Western Europe. Marmor has authored or coauthored 11 books, published over a hundred articles in scholarly journals, and written numerous op-eds in U.S. and Canadian newspapers. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1966. He began his career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen Secretary of HEW in the mid-1960s. He was associate dean of Minnesota’s School of Public Affairs, faculty member at the University of Chicago, the head of Yale’s Center for Health Services, a member of President Carter’s Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale in the Presidential campaign of 1984. Major books are The Politics of Medicare (2nd ed 2000) and America’s Misunderstood Welfare State with Yale colleagues Mashaw and Harvey (l992). Yale University Press in 2009 published his co-edited book, Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care and in the summer of 2012 published Politics, Health and Health Care: Selected Essays, co-authored with Rudolf Klein.