Turmoil in the Health Care System
Connectivity and its Discontents
About This Event

For anyone involved in either the consumption or delivery of health care, or of any aspect of the politics of health care, there is little doubt that the health care delivery system is in a state of turmoil. But what is the cause of that turmoil? Are consumers, armed with new information sources from the Internet, demanding more from providers? Are providers changing their standards for quality care and their resistance to cost controls? Are employers seriously looking at changes in the way they purchase health insurance? And, if these changes occur, how will the health care delivery system respond? Will employees under a defined contribution plan choose differently than did their employers? Will these changes undermine integrated health care organizations and promote specialized cottage industry providers? Or, will health care organizations develop new and improved forms of low-cost delivery that will be attractive to a new breed of price-conscious consumers?

These important questions about the future of our health care delivery system will be addressed in this health policy discussion by Professor James C. Robinson, professor of health economics at the University of California, author of The Corporate Practice of Medicine (University of California Press, 1999), and one of the country’s leading analysts of changing health care markets.


8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


Opening Remarks:

Robert B. Helms, AEI


James C. Robinson, University of California at Berkeley


Lynn Etheredge, George Washington University

James Rodgers, American Medical Association


Robert B. Helms, AEI



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Robert B.
  • Robert B. Helms has served as a member of the Medicaid Commission as well as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and deputy assistant secretary for health policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An economist by training, he has written and lectured extensively on health policy and health economics, including the history of Medicare, the tax treatment of health insurance, and compared international health systems. He currently participates in the Health Policy Consensus Group, an informal task force that is developing consumer-driven health reforms. He is the author or editor of several AEI books on health policy, including Medicare in the Twenty-First Century: Seeking Fair and Efficient Reform and Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Phone: 2028625877
    Email: rhelms@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Kelly Funderburk
    Phone: 202.862.5855
    Email: Kelly.Funderburk@AEI.org
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