U-M & the Health Care Debate

Health care reform is the hottest debate in the country, and U-M is weighing in every day:

UM-SPH community comments on historic health care reform legislation

Read statments from UM SPH faculty and extended community members

Leon Wyszewianski

Video: Confusion over health reform?

U-M School of Public Health professor Leon Wyszewianski discusses discusses some of the possible misconceptions about the new health care reform bill.
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Video: Health care reform requires change at doctor, patient level

Dean Smith

Video: Can change achieve low cost, efficient health care?

U-M School of Public Health professor Dean Smith discusses whether health reform will simply cover more people, or also lower costs and increase efficiency.
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Richard Lichtenstein

Video: Complex health care system

U-M School of Public Health professor Richard Lichtenstein discusses universal health care and other issues.
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Michael W. Traugott

Video: Politics of health care reform

University of Michigan professor Michael W. Traugott discusses the politics of the proposed health care reforms.
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Paula M. Lantz

Video: Decoding public health reforms

University of Michigan School of Public Health professor Paula M. Lantz discusses some of the complexities of the proposed health care reforms.
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U-M center plays key role in Medicare proposal

A relatively new component of the health care reform debate — one developed by and practiced at U-M — is the focus of a bipartisan proposal recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.

If adopted, the proposal would reduce or eliminate copays for the treatment of 15 medical conditions under selected Medicare plans. The idea is that trimming patient out-of-pocket costs will increase use of the medications, thereby easing the need for more expensive treatment later.
Read more about Value-Based Insurance Design in the University Record

Mary Sue Coleman

Is President Obama heeding IOM advice?

A 2004 report by President Mary Sue Coleman and her Institute of Medicine colleagues made recommendations for 2010 -- Are President Obama and his health care experts heeding the advice?
Read Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations


Is our state covered?

Find out why "the fragility of health coverage is destabilizing the health care delivery system" in our state, through Cover Michigan, a report from the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
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Insurance reform in our state: who does it affect, and how?

The Center for Local, State and Urban Policy examines the regulation of the individual health insurance market through its Michigan Research Briefs series.
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National trends, U-M focus

An MHealthy site explores the trends, issues and challenges related to health care costs.
Read more: HealthSense: Managing the rising cost of health care

Times are tough, but have you seen your doctor lately?

Dr. Mark Fendrick offers tips on staying healthy in this bad economy, including shopping around for discounted clinics and lower-priced prescription medications.
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