Episode S3 | E4

Healthcare: Beyond the Insurance Coverage Debate

Air Date: May 27, 2018

About this episode

Even without providing health insurance to all of our citizens, why does the American healthcare system still manage to spend so much more, two to three times more per person, than so many other advanced nations? And, even given all that spending, why are our health outcomes not better than these lesser spending nations? And, in some regards, why are they actually worse? Our panel explores issues including why healthcare in the United States costs so much more per capita than in other advanced countries, without achieving better outcomes (including discussing quality of care, and spending on super-consumers and end of life), and whether the coming digital/mobile advances in healthcare delivery can improve quality and reduce costs.

About the guests

Jonathan Rothwell

Senior Economist, Gallup

Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup’s Senior Economist, researches and publishes on a broad range of topics and advises Gallup clients and associates on research questions and economic analysis. Findings from his research have been reported by many news organizations, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Vox and The Atlantic,...

Dr. Thaddeus Pope

Director of the Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Thaddeus joined Hamline University School of Law as the director of the Health Law Institute in January 2012 after serving as associate professor of law at Widener University School of Law. There, his research focused on medical futility, internal dispute resolution, tort law, public health law, and normative jurisprudence. He authors a blog on...

Dr. Bon Ku

Assistant Dean for Health & Design and Director of JeffDESIGN, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician and the founder and director of JeffDESIGN, a first-of-its-kind program in a medical school that teaches future physicians to apply human-centered...