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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'
Date:4/24/2008

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 environ
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