In the United States, the controversial Affordable Care Act of 2010 seeks to extend health insurance to 30 million people in an affluent country where 80 percent of the population already has health insurance. By comparison, India introduced a health insurance program in 2008 designed to cover 300 million people10 times the number impacted by the Affordable Care Actin a country where only five percent of the population has health insurance.
"The United States is not the only country wrestling with health care reform," Malani said. "We could all be learning from each other, but in order to do so we must be able to measure the value of health insurance and the things it providesnot only access to health care but also peace of mind, financial freedom and protection from the shock of large health care costs."
UChicago's Arete Initiative has helped Malani and his coworkers define the center's mission and identify key foundations that might be interested in supporting the work. Arete launches large-scale projects that typically cross departmental, divisional, disciplinary and even institutional divides.
"Rather than telling us what we should do, Arete staff members have spent a lot of time listening to what our research is all about," Malani said. "As a result, they know our agenda and objectives, so they can do a better job identifying the best potential funding matches for us."
As Malani applies to foundations for funds, he hopes the center will be operational by the fall of 2014. "The center will go beyond the current studies in India, but the researchers i
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