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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System

Wednesday February 2006


R. Glenn Hubbard Former Chairman, President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors Dean, Columbia University Business School

The U.S. is the standard-bearer for medical innovation. When it comes to surgery, diagnostic technologies, or pharmaceuticals, American patients often have access to cutting-edge treatments months or years ahead of our global competitors.

Although America leads the world in health-care spending, millions of Americans lack health insurance, and there are enormous quality gaps between health-care providers. Hubbard and his co-authors, John Cogan and Daniel Kessler, argue that America’s Jekyll and Hyde health-care system is the product of misguided policies that distort health-care markets, drive up costs, and impede innovations that are routine in other American industries.

Please join us as one of America’s leading economists discusses how a handful of focused reforms can help lower health-care costs, increase accountability and competition, and empower consumers.