The U.S. has the best — and, in some ways, the worst — health care system in the industrialized world. We spend more than any other nation, yet millions of Americans lack access to decent, affordable health care. The controversial Affordable Care Act — also know as Obamacare — aims to change that, and has introduced sweeping changes into virtually every aspect of the system.
This fall, Cognoscenti teams up with the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University to bring you a series we’re calling “Policy for a Healthy America.”
In each installment, we’ll focus on one aspect of current health care policy: What will the ACA actually accomplish? Why is tackling the nation’s obesity problem so difficult? How is technology changing health care delivery? Is a single-payer system the answer?
Through the voices of leading researchers and practitioners, we’ll examine these and other questions from the perspectives of medicine, public health, technology, law and ethics.
Below, Northeastern’s Joan Fitzgerald explains the program at the core of the partnership and WBUR’s Iris Adler explains Cognoscenti’s role.
Joan Fitzgerald is interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University and is author of "Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development."
The Open Classroom is a program of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University devoted to inviting the Greater Boston community, free-of-charge, to share in some of the intellectual richness of the university.
Iris Adler is WBUR's program manager. She oversees Cognoscenti.
Cognoscenti’s mission, to bring the most informed and thoughtful voices to our readers, is a perfect complement to the Open Classroom series. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Northeastern University and to bring important perspectives beyond the classroom to our online audience.
So every other Wednesday this fall, check out Cognoscenti, and read what leading experts are saying about important policy considerations in the health care debate.
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This program aired on October 9, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.