Does America’s Health Care Sector Produce More Health?

Policy Forum
December 5, 2008 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring Glen Whitman, Associate Professor of Economics, California State University-Northridge; Ezra Klein, Associate editor, The American Prospect; Moderator Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute.

Americans spend far more per capita than other nations on medical care. Defenders of America’s health sector, such as Rudy Giuliani, claim it delivers superior health outcomes, such as longer cancer survival rates. Detractors claim that other nations systems’ deliver equal or better health outcomes such as longer life expectancy and better infant mortality rates. Who is correct? Our speakers will look at what the evidence says about different health care sectors� contributions to population health, and the implications for health care reform.