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Inforum Presents Panel Discussion on 'The Future of the U.S. Health Care System: What It Will Cost in Dollars and Quality of Care'

May 9 luncheon hosted by Inforum, A Professional Women's Alliance

DETROIT, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- All of the United States presidential candidates include health care among their top priorities should they be elected in 2008. Change in the U.S. healthcare system is imminent, but what do those changes mean in terms of cost and quality of care that will be available to Americans in the near future?

A panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts will discuss "The Future of the United States Health Care System" on Friday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Troy Marriott, at the 46th Annual Meeting of Inforum, one of the nation's largest and prestigious business organizations for women. Inforum will announce its 2008-09 officers at this meeting.

The panel will discuss problems with the current health care system, fundamental fixes needed, and what the different solutions proposed by presidential candidates could cost in terms of dollars and quality of care. One model to be reviewed is actuarial insurance, which could impact everyone differently based on individuals' health.

Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum, said, "Quality health care is a top concern to employees and employers. It's especially relevant to women who often have dual roles as parents who make health care choices for their families and as leaders in business who must make difficult decisions about the health care plans they offer to employees in their companies. That's why Inforum has brought together this panel of experts who represent different sides of the health care equation."

The panel

Representing the views of a major health care provider, Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, will talk about the importance of quality, access and cost and the role that providers play in creating solutions locally and nationally.

Sharing an international perspective on the pros and cons of ANY health care system is Nicholas Barr, Ph.D., Professor of Public Economics, London School of Economics. In his talk he will propose three messages: that the problems of health finance in the United States are no accident, but a predictable result of relying on actuarial insurance -- a mechanism that does not fit important medical risks; that there is no perfect system of health care, but other advanced countries offer a range of less-imperfect systems; and that the economics of reform are a no-brainer -- it is the politics that are difficult.

Kate Kohn-Parrott, Group Director from Chrysler Corporation, will address the business perspective and challenges of providing comprehensive cost effective health care.

Cathy Tripp, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, National Leader of Consumerism, will discuss key findings from recent research and surveys on the costs and benefits of consumer-directed health care plans from both an employer's and employee's perspective.

"In the last few years, companies have made considerable progress in increasing employee engagement in health care, through private-sector initiatives such as consumer-directed health plans and other health activation programs. Many feel they will be able to make even more headway in the future," Tripp said.

"Best performing companies have seen their results rewarded with a two year median trend of only 1%. These companies have used a variety of tactics to achieve these results that go beyond cost shifting and high deductibles," said Tripp, citing findings in the 13th Annual National Business Group on Health/Watson Wyatt Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care titled, The One Percent Strategy: Lessons Learned from Best Performers.

This luncheon program is presented by Inforum, one of the largest and most prestigious business forums for women in the nation, with more than 2,000 members from a broad cross-section of Michigan's business community. The mission of the organization is to strengthen the business environment by creating opportunities for women to lead and succeed. Founded as the Women's Economic Club in 1962 in Detroit, Inforum has affiliates in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan.

To register for this event or for more information, visit or call 877.633.3500.

Event Details

Program: Panel discussion on "The Future of the U.S. Health Care System:

What It Will Cost In Terms of Dollars and Quality of Care"

Date: Friday, May 9, 2008.

Time: 11:30 a.m. Registration and VIP Reception; 12 p.m. Lunch and Panel


Location: Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084.

Tickets: Inforum members $50; Non-members $70; Table of 10, $750

(includes special seating, VIP reception and program recognition). Add

$10 to registrations received after May 6 and at the door.

Register or information: visit or call


Event sponsors: Lee Hecht Harrison and Michigan Business Review.

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