The rising cost of health care is not the only problem crying out for reform. Health care quality in America falls far short of what it could be.
How will reform affect the way clinicians practice medicine and the quality of care patients receive?
Shannon Brownlee is an essayist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She recently released her first book, Overtreated.
She is the winner of several prestigious journalism awards, including the 2004 Association of Health Care Journalists Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Brownlee is a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C.
Michael F. Cannon
Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies. Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee under Senator Larry E. Craig (R-ID), where he advised the Senate leadership on health, education, labor, welfare, and Second Amendment policy.
In addition, Cannon has worked as a health care policy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation in Washington, D.C. Cannon has appeared on CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. His articles have been featured in USA Today, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Most recently, Cannon coauthored the book Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.
Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Alain Enthoven is the Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, emeritus, at Stanford University, and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR. Known as the "father of managed competition," he was one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think-tank on health care policy.
His research focuses on the financing and delivery of health care in the United States and other industrialized nations, and cost-benefit analysis in medical care. In his numerous publications he has advocated a financially integrated health care delivery system that relies on market-based incentives to reduce medical costs and increase economic accountability and quality of care.
He is currently working on a proposal for a "Market-based Universal Health Insurance System," being developed for the Committee for Economic Development.
Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration Chair 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 a number of corporate boards.
She is widely recognized for her innovative research in health care, including her early predictions of the unraveling of managed care and the rise of consumer-driven health care and health care focused factories, two terms that she coined.