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The Cost of Health Care: Finding the Right Balance

May 15, 2012

Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Function Room, 1st floor, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School invite you to a jointly sponsored symposium that will bring together a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners to discuss whether the steadily rising costs of health care are "crowding out" other more productive uses of that money, and how policymakers might encourage more efficient and effective uses of those funds.

The speakers will present data comparing the growth in expenditures on health care with the growth of spending in other areas for Massachusetts and other states. They also will discuss strategies for making health care spending -- particularly spending by state and local governments -- more efficient; examine the pitfalls of some of the proposed strategies, particularly the risk of exacerbating economic and health-outcome disparities; and consider whether public funds might be more efficiently spent on goods and services other than health care, such as education.

Michael Caljouw, Vice President of Public, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Amitabh Chandra, Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School

Jay Gonzalez, Secretary for Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Renée Landers, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Health and Biomedical Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School

Lauren Smith, M.D., Medical Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Kate Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Medical Center

Rep. Steven Walsh, House Chairman, Massachusetts General Court Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Edward Glaeser, (Moderator) Glimp Professor of Economics, Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Suffolk University Law School's Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.

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