International Symposium on Health Care Policy, Fall 2017


Health care policymakers face mounting pressure to provide access to expensive new drugs and medical technologies, improve quality and care coordination, and ensure that care is patient-centered. Understanding how other countries achieve a health system that is both affordable and sustainable can help the United States, which continues to spend far more on health care per capita than any other nation yet lags in medical outcomes and patient experiences. The 20th annual International Symposium on Health Care Policy, to be held in November 2017 in Washington, D.C., will examine what a high-performing health care system might look like in the year 2030. Robin Osborn and her staff will collect evidence from around the world to illustrate the policies, frontline delivery system models, and payment mechanisms that deliver the best outcomes and value. The meeting will focus on medical breakthroughs, new technologies, and “big data,” along with other powerful factors like climate change and widespread immigration, and their potential to redefine the health care system of tomorrow. Videos of patients’ experiences in various health systems will enrich the discussion. The more than 80 participants will include health ministers, senior government officials, and experts from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S., as well as opinion leaders from other industries, Silicon Valley health entrepreneurs, and journalists. The 20th International Symposium will further establish the Fund’s role in promoting innovative thinking on health care policy and high-level policy exchanges among industrialized nations. The insights gained will inform Fund work and the U.S. health reform.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Robin Osborn
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2016

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