Health Policy

Prospects for Universal Health Coverage in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Add to Calendar

U.S. health care costs have been rising faster than its GDP for decades. The Affordable Care Act provided insurance coverage to millions of Americans but at a steep cost to taxpayers. Furthermore, insurance premiums for employer-provided health insurance and the middle class continue to skyrocket. This untenable situation has generated a groundswell of support for universal insurance coverage. However, advocates for public coverage may not realize that it takes many forms around the world, with each country experiencing different benefits and weaknesses.

At this conference, experts on health care in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Taiwan will discuss the strengths and challenges of each system. They will also explore which health care models might be appropriate for universal health insurance in the U.S.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #Baker25th.

This event is part of the 25th anniversary commemorative programs featuring the centers and research of Rice University’s Baker Institute.


Anita Charlesworth
Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation, London

Mark Stabile, Ph.D.
Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality, Professor of Economics and Academic Director, The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality, INSEAD, France

Stephanie Stock, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Cologne; and Acting Director, Institute of Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology, Hospital of the University of Cologne, Cologne Institute for Health Economics, Germany

Chi-Man “Winnie” Yip, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University



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