International Symposium on Health Care Policy, Fall 2005


The Fund's eighth annual International Symposium on Health Care Policy will focus on patient choice and health system responsiveness. In bringing together leading policymakers and researchers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States-as well as Germany and other selected European countries-the symposium will highlight for U.S. policymakers how other health systems are: improving responsiveness and access, redefining the doctor-patient relationship, incorporating patients' and families' experiences with care into quality improvement initiatives, facilitating patient involvement in treatment decisions, using performance data to give patients choice of providers, ensuring round-the-clock access to health care, promoting health literacy, and using information technology to help empower patients. Presenters will highlight innovative policies, incentive structures, and health care delivery models that support these changes and improve quality. To reach a broader policy audience, the Fund will webcast a health ministers' roundtable discussion; in addition, the second day of the symposium will be held on Capitol Hill. Commissioned papers from the symposium will be submitted to the journal Health Affairs for consideration as Web Exclusives.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Robin Osborn and John E. Craig, Jr.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2004

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