Living and Dying in America: An Indispensable Healthcare Workshop

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Duration 00:57:40

Columbia University

Michael Sparer is a professor and the Chair of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is a two-time winner of the Mailman School’s Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department.


The nation is engaged in a bitter and partisan debate over the future of our health care system. How is it that we spend more on health care than any other nation (roughly $2.7 trillion, or 17% of our gross domestic product) and still have more than 50 million uninsured? How can we improve the quality and efficiency of the health delivery system? Should the government be more involved or less involved in efforts to reform the system? The Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) was designed to be a comprehensive effort to help the uninsured, improve the quality of the health delivery system, and slow the rising cost of medical care. But is it really that?

In this workshop, Professor Michael Sparer describes the impact of the law to date, and reviews the key questions still unanswered. Professor Sparer also summarizes the ten most important trends in the healthcare marketplace, and how they already are affecting every one of us.



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