Healthcare Lessons from Abroad

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am to 11:30am

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McKibben Hall (MCH), MCH 149
1333 San Pablo Street , Los Angeles, CA 90033

Can California Lead the Way for U.S. Single Payer? 

In this event, a panel of social scientists and policy experts will discuss their research on comparative health care systems, asking tough questions about single payer, universal health care systems around the world, with an eye towards SB 562, the Healthy California Act (Lara & Atkins). If our legislators pass this bill, could California become a model for the rest of the country? We are eager to hear your questions and their responses! Come with your toughest questions!


Theodore Marmor, Ph. D. 
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Political Science, Yale University. Marmor's scholarship primarily concerns welfare state politics and policy in North America and Western Europe. He was a member of President Carter's Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and has testified before Congress about medical care reform, Social Security, and welfare issues, as well as being a consultant to several states, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Committee on Ways and Means, the Urban Institute, the President's Commission on Income Maintenance, the National Institute for Mental Health, the Office of Equal Opportunity, The Ford Foundation, and the Attorney-General, Canada.

Paul Y. Song, MD
Board-certified radiation oncologist, biotech executive, and health care reform activist. He is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program and serves as co-chair for the Campaign for a Healthy California. He served as executive chairman of the 1.2 million-member Courage Campaign from 2013 to March 2016, and visiting fellow on health care policy in the California Department of Insurance for 2013. Dr. Song is the chief medical officer of ATGen Global and Cynvenio Biosystems. He recently left the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently volunteers his time seeing Medicaid and uninsured patients at California Hospital. Dr. Song serves on the boards of People for the American Way, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Liberty in North Korea, and The Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.

Erin Quinn, Ph. D. 
Associate Dean of Admissions Emerita at USC Keck School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She has played a key role in medical education at USC for more than 30 years, serving as dean of admissions at the Keck School of Medicine of USC from 1998 to 2011, associate dean for women from 1993 to 1998, and assistant professor of clinical family medicine since 1991. She was the course director and core professor of USC’s baccalaureate/M.D. program for 16 years. She holds a master’s of public administration in health services administration and a Ph.D. in health services and gerontology from USC.

Michael Lighty
Director of Public Policy, National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association; Campaign Manager for Yes on 89, a 2006 campaign to regulate lobbyists, special-interest money in politics. He has been speaking and writing about healthcare financing and delivery issues since 1991; Lighty has served on the City of Oakland planning and port commissions.

The panelists will address US comparisons on questions such as:

  • California is the world’s fifth largest economy.
  • What can we learn from other countries?
  • How are other countries able to cover everyone and pay an average of 2.5 times less than we pay?
  • What are wait-times like in other wealthy nations? 
  • What about treatment of unusual diseases? 
  • What about experimental or alternative treatments? 
  • How flexible are treatment categories, if a person has multiple or hard-to-diagnose problems?
  • How much choice in providers do patients have?
  • How much paperwork is there for patients?
  • How many hours/month do Americans spend on insurance paperwork versus the # of hours that people in other countries spend on processing paperwork for health care?
  • How much money would it save through reductions in providers’ administrative burden?

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