HLPI symposium focuses on ‘patchwork’ state of US health care

Leading health law scholars met recently to discuss the advantages and challenges of the nation’s health care system. Participants included David Kwok, seated left,  Jessica Mantel, Allison Hoffman, William Sage,  and, standing left, Nicholas Terry, Timothy Greaney, Erin Fuse Brown, Frank Pasquale, and Barbara Evans.

Leading health law scholars met recently to discuss the advantages and challenges of the nation’s health care system. Participants included David Kwok, seated left,  Jessica Mantel, Allison Hoffman, William Sage,  and, standing left, Nicholas Terry, Timothy Greaney, Erin Fuse Brown, Frank Pasquale, and Barbara Evans.

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A  group of leading health law scholars, including four University of Houston Law Center professors, gathered in San Antonio earlier this fall to discuss their research on the state of health care in the United States.

The workshop/symposium titled, “Our Patchwork Health Care System:  Benefits and Challenges,” was sponsored by the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center and the student-published Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy.

The symposium, held Sept. 27-29 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort, focused on the advantages and challenges of a U.S. health care system that consists of a patchwork of distinct components.

“Presenters offered insightful analysis of the problems arising from the de-centralized, market-driven approach to health care in the U.S., and proposed reforms for improving the quality and efficiency of our health care system,” said Professor Jessica Mantel, co-director of the health law institute, who coordinated the event with Professor Barbara Evans, George Butler Research Professor and director of the Center on Biotechnology & Law.

Assistant Professor David Kwok and Research Assistant Professor Allison Winnike of the Health Law & Policy Institute also participated in the workshop.

Presenters were Frank Pasquale (Maryland), Timothy Greaney (St. Louis), Nicholas Terry (Indiana-Indianapolis), Erin Fuse-Brown (Georgia State), and Ani Satz (Emory).  Commenters were Allison Hoffman (UCLA) and William Sage (UT).   The presenters’ articles will be published in HJHLP’s spring 2014 symposium issue.