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Consumer Choice in Health Care: How Could Reform Affect Our Choices? How Could We Make Better Choices?


Thursday, June 25, 2009

The idea of choice has long been a hallmark of the American health care system. We pride ourselves in believing that we – not government bureaucrats – choose our doctors, hospitals and health plans.

Now that health reform is being discussed in earnest on Capitol Hill, some wonder if we will be able to maintain our existing choices under a reformed health care system. Others say that our choices will grow, not shrink, as a result of reform, especially for the uninsured and the underinsured. Yet another viewpoint: Most Americans have choices now, but we don’t have enough information to make well-informed choices.

This briefing, which was open to media only, brought together nationally known health policy experts for a conversation on consumer choice in health care – Why is choice of health care providers important? How much choice do we really have now? How much choice do we need? How might health reform affect our choices? In some instances, do we have too much choice? How could health information technology help us make more intelligent choices?

Sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the briefing featured: Uwe Reinhardt, a health economist at Princeton University; Joe Antos, a health economist at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC; Daniel Callahan, a medical ethicist and cofounder of The Hastings Center in New York State; and former Congressman Tony Coelho, chair of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.

Speakers

Joseph Antos, American Enterprise Institute, Speaker
Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center, Speaker
Tony Coelho, Partnership to Improve Health Care, Speaker
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University, Speaker
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Consumer Choice in Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 6/25/2009
Full Webcast/Podcast: Consumer Choice in Health Care

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Source Materials

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 6/25/2009
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 6/25/2009
Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 6/25/2009

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

The Tyranny of Choice (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Scientific American, 6/25/2009
Excerpts from The Patient Life: Can Consumers Direct Health Care?, American Journal of Law and Medicine, 6/25/2009
Choice in Medical Care: When Should the Consumer Decide? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6/25/2009
Review of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Business Economics, 6/25/2009
Improving Quality Health Care: The Role of Consumer Engagement (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6/25/2009
Excerpts from Coverage When It Counts (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Center for American Progress Action Fund, 6/25/2009
Consumer Choice in the Health Insurance and Provider Markets: A Look at the Evidence Thus Far (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6/25/2009
Promoting Informed Choice: Transforming Health Care to Dispense Knowledge for Decision Making (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Annals of Internal Medicine, 6/25/2009
A Hospital Is Offering Digital Records, The New York Times, 6/25/2009
Kaiser Backs Microsoft Patient-Data Plan, The New York Times, 6/25/2009
Living Within Limits - Practical Lessons and Moral Choices: Where Economics Meets Ethics (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Princeton University, 6/25/2009
Health Care Rationing Rhetoric Overlooks Reality, The New York Times, 6/25/2009
The GOP's Health-Care Alternative, The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/2009
Putting Patients at the Center, Roll Call, 6/25/2009
The New Old Age: How Old Is Too Old for Lifesaving Surgery?, The New York Times, 6/25/2009
Room for Debate: Ideas for Fixing Health Care, The New York Times, 6/25/2009
Health Care Cost Monitor blog, The Hastings Center, 6/25/2009
Is United HealthCare Looking Out For the Patient?, Newsday, 6/25/2009
Most Want Health Reform But Fear Its Side Effects, The Washington Post, 6/25/2009
Highlighting Key Issues in Health Reform, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6/25/2009
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Consumer Confidence Index, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6/25/2009
Simplifying Health Insurance Choices (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Consumers Union, 6/1/2009

Photos

Joseph Antos of the American Enterprise Institute was one of four experts taking part in a conversation on consumer choice in health reform at a June 25 reporter briefing. This video presents all panelists' views on whether reform would affect the choices we have now. (14 min.) Cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Daniel Callahan of The Hastings Center was one of four experts taking part in a conversation on consumer choice in health reform at a June 25 reporter briefing. This video presents all panelists' views on whether reform would affect the choices we have now. (14 min.) Cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Uwe Reinhardt of Princeton University was one of four experts taking part in a conversation on consumer choice in health reform at a June 25 reporter briefing. This video presents all panelists' views on whether reform would affect the choices we have now. (14 min.) Cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Former Rep. Tony Coelho, now chair of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care, was one of four experts taking part in a conversation on consumer choice in health reform at a June 25 reporter briefing. This video presents all panelists' views on whether reform would affect the choices we have now. (14 min.) Cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

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