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Will Health Care Reform Work? An International Perspective

Date: 11/15/2010

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: St. Paul,Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $75


This short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.

Meeting times: Mondays, Nov. 15, 22 (2 meetings), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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About the course

The United States’ closest peers in the world are the other G7 countries (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan). On average, they spend less than half as much per person on health care as we do, yet they live longer and fewer of their babies die during the first year of life. What do these other countries have (or do not have) in their health care systems that the United States does not? In this series of two classes you will examine the important differences between the U.S. health care system and the systems of other countries that are most like us. Following this in-depth comparison you will study and discuss the new health reform act (2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and reflect on its chances for reducing costs and improving health outcomes. Recommended reading: T.R. Reid, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Healthcare and a summary of the health reform act, which will be distributed during the class.

John Nyman, Ph.D., is a health economist and professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. His research interests include the analysis of nursing home care markets and long-term care policy, health insurance theory, the theory and practice of cost-effectiveness analysis, analysis of physician behavior, and most recently, the theory of demand for gambling and the analysis of gambling as a public health issue. Dr. Nyman teaches courses in health economics, health insurance and cost-effectiveness analysis, and is the recipient of the 2006 Leonard M. Schuman Excellence in Teaching Award. He is author of the book, The Theory of Demand for Health Insurance (Stanford University Press, 2003).


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  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/CS-0204.html

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at cceinfo@umn.edu or at 612-624-4000.

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