Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Healthcare System

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
David Cutler 

Music Room, Second Floor, Levis Faculty Center
919 West Illinois St.

Event Description

David Cutler argues that health care has in fact improved exponentially over the last fifty years, and that the successes of our system suggest ways in which we might improve care, make the system easier to deal with, and extend coverage to all Americans.  Cutler applies an economic analysis to show that our spending on medicine is well worth it--and that we could do even better by spending more.  Further, millions of people with easily manageable diseases, from hypertension to depression to diabetes, receive either too much or too little care because of inefficiencies in the way we reimburse care, resulting in poor health and in some cases premature death.

David Cutler 

Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University