WHEN: Monday, August 24, 6pm
WHERE: UCLA Faculty Center
RSVP: By August 21, 11:00 AM, bennettramberg@aol.com

Topic: “The U.S. spends more than any other nation on health care, but has the highest rate of uninsurance of any industrial nation and lags in performance on a variety of health indicators. To address the ongoing issues of affordability and instability of health insurance for many Americans, the President and Congress are proposing reforms of health care financing that would provide subsidies for the uninsured to purchase insurance through a national “exchange” modeled on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. In this presentation, Dr. Kominski will review the evolution of the current patchwork system of health care financing in the U.S., how the U.S. compares to other nations in health system performance, the major elements of the health reform proposals currently being developed by Congress, and the reasons why these proposed reforms are necessary to improve both the efficiency and the equity of the U.S. health care system.”

Speaker: Gerald F. Kominski, PhD, is associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He is also professor in the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Kominski’s research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of medical programs and technologies, with a particular emphasis on Medicare payment policies for hospitals and physicians. His other research interests include estimating the financial impacts of alternative approaches to health care reform; and improving access and health outcomes among ethnic and vulnerable populations. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1978 and received his doctorate in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 1989, he served as a staff member for over three years at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) in Washington, D.C., a Congressional agency that monitors and develops Medicare hospital payment policy.

Disscusant: Dr. Steve Tarzynski has been practicing pediatrics in the Los Angeles area for 30 years.  He is the chief of service for the department of pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles area.  He also worked overseas in Mozambique for two years in the early 1980s.  He is board certified in pediatrics and also has an M.P.H. from UCLA (1980).  He has been a member of the volunteer pediatrics faculty at UCLA for the last sixteen years.  Dr.

Tarzynski has been working for health care reform since 1972.  He is a member of the Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) and is a board member of the state PNHP affiliate, the California Physicians Alliance (capa.pnhp.org).  He is married to Kathleen Sheldon and they have two grown children.

Location and RSVP Information

The seminar location is the UCLA Faculty Center. Dinner will be served at a cost of $30 without dessert per person OR $35 with dessert. The deadline for reservations is 11:00 AM August 21, 2009. Please bring your check payable to “MICHAEL INTRILIGATOR,” your UCLA host. Please submit your reservation and your choice of dessert/no dessert by e-mail to bennettramberg@aol.com.

(Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. NOTE entry to the parking lot 2 has changed. Should you have questions, please ask attendant at the parking kiosk. Parking fee is $9.)