A tribute to Uwe: Academics debate future of U.S. health care.

Sunday, Jun 2, 2019

As the United States grapples with the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of academics gathered at Princeton University to discuss the future of health care in America.

The conference, held April 11 and 12, covered four health care issues of particular concern to the late Uwe Reinhardt, to whom the conference was dedicated.

A giant in the field of health care policy, Reinhardt spent nearly 50 years at Princeton, most recently as the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of economics at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Throughout the event, health care experts from around the country debated what the U.S. could learn from other countries, how prices are driving high health care spending, if major health reform is possible, and the importance of covering the uninsured. It was organized by Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing with co-sponsorship from the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and Bendheim Center for Finance, all centers with which Reinhardt was affiliated during his time at Princeton.

In each panel, an ethical question resurfaced — one deeply embedded in Reinhardt’s work: Does the U.S. have a social obligation to provide care for all? Panelists agreed that answering this question is critical to the success of future health care reforms. And while panelists emphasized an evidence-based approach, they also recognized that, as Jeffrey Clemens of University of California-San Diego said, “Data can’t be the last word on important policy questions. We must keep this in mind for our future work.”

 

Read more about the conference at: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/05/28/tribute-uwe-academics-debate-future-us-health-care