Fixing Obamacare

Regina Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

and

Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard School of Public Health


This study group will review the unique managerial features of countries that have achieved satisfactory universal access health care systems, such as Switzerland, Singapore, Turkey, and Sweden.  It will feature talks by country experts and background readings about each country.  Interested students should submit their resumes and the reasons for their interest in the study group to fmalafronte@hbs.edu  by September 16, 2014. 

The study group will have two components:

•    An 11:45-1:00pm lunch seminar open to the Harvard community with a 20-25 minute talk followed by questions and answers  

•    A 1:30-2:30pm meeting with a small group of selected students with a thirty minute talk followed by and questions and answers  

The study group--including the lunch seminars and small group meetings--will convene on the following dates and feature the following guest speakers: 

• OCTOBER 16 (Thursday): Exchanges and private health insurance in Switzerland and Germany. Guest speakers: Thomas Zeltner (Special Envoy of the Director General of the WHO) and Daniel Bahr (Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor). READINGS: (1) EIU Healthcare Industry Report; (2) EIU Healthcare Systems: Switzerland

• OCTOBER 22 (Wednesday): Medisave accounts in Singapore. Guest speakers:  Anthony Tan (Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health) and Tan See Leng (Managing Director and CEO of IHH Healthcare Berhad). READINGS: (1) EIU Healthcare Industry Report; (2) Singapore Country Healthcare Profile

• NOVEMBER 5 (Wednesday): Transparency in the U.K., U.S. Guest speakers: Michael Dermer (SVP and Chief Incentive Officer at IncentOne) and Zack Cooper (Director of Health Policy, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University). 

• NOVEMBER 12 (Wednesday):  TBA. READINGS: (1) La Ribera 

• NOVEMBER 19 (Wednesday): Market–oriented  health  reforms in Turkey. Guest speaker: Rifat Atun (Director of Global Health Systems at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University). READKINGS: (1) A Comparison of the Healthcare Indicators of Turkey and the EU Members Countries using Multidimensional Scaling Analysis and Cluster Analysis; (2) Financial protection in healh in Turkey: the effects of the Health Transformation Programme; (3) Protection in Good and Bad Times?  The Turkish Green Card Health Program; (4) EIU Healthcare Industry Report; (5) Health Systems in Transition: Turkey; (6) WHO Country Cooperation Strategy; (7) Universal Health Coverage in Turkey: enhancement of equity

Participants in the 1:30 meetings will be selected by Prof. Herzlinger. (Please email your interest to fmalafronte@hbs.edu as indicated above.)

Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School and the first to serve on many established and start up corporate health care /medical technology boards. All of her health care books have been best sellers in their categories, recognized for their innovative research. Money dubbed her the “Godmother” of consumer-driven health care. Her work was key to introducing consumer-driven health plans and “focused health factories”, such as centers for orthopedics, cardiology, or cancer care.  She has frequently been named as one of the 40 smartest people in healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review and other industry journals.

Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard School of Public Health. In 2006-13, Dr Atun was Professor of International Health Management and Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster. Professor Atun’s research focuses on the design and implementation of health systems reforms and their impact on outcomes. His research also explores adoption and diffusion of innovations in health systems (e.g. health technologies, disease control programmes, and primary healthcare reforms), and innovative financing in global health. He has published widely in the Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Lancet Infectious Diseases, BMJ, AIDS, and Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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Regina Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, leads an M-RCBG study group on Fixing Obamacare

Rifat Atun is a Professor of Global Health Systems at the Harvard School of Public Health.