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Health Care in America: How, Why, What Next?

Amerika Haus e.V. NRW and the City of Essen cordially invite you to a Discussion on »Health Care in America: How, Why, What Next?« with William Pierce, Senior Director of APCO Worldwide and an introduction by the honorable Thomas Kufen, Lord Mayor of the City of Essen.

Among the most developed nations, the United States has a rather unique health care system. The basic question is why? While often leading in drug discovery, new technologies, and treatments, the U.S. does not have universal coverage. Yet it spends more per capita on health care than all other developed nations but its health indictors do not match spending. Adding to the mystery, many non-US come to America to receive care, especially when they are very sick. The US health care system is a combination of federal and state government programs targeted at specific populations, employer provided health insurance and an individual market now organized and partially subsidized by the federal government that while designed to be mandatory does not function as such.  All this and yet the US uninsured rate is around 9% with an underinsured rate perhaps twice as high. How did the US get here? One answer is clear, it was not through strategic decision making. Instead, national culture, economics, politics and incremental decision making combined to create the system the US has today. Come listen and take part in a discussion: “The US Health Care System: How, Why, What Next?” and hear about the political, economic and policy factors that have shaped and will continue to shape the US system.

William Pierce, senior director of APCO Worldwide, joined the firm in 2005. Mr. Pierce is APCO’s lead media relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. office. He interacts with media on a regular basis on behalf of clients as well as works with reporters on stories as a recognized expert in health care. He maintains relationships with most leading health care journalists as well as many others covering politics, business, and editorial.

This event will be held in English.


Entrance is free. Please note that space is limited! Registrations will be handled on a “first come, first served” basis. Members of Freundeskreis Amerika Haus e.V. NRW enjoy priority with the registration. You may sign up for membership here: http://amerikahaus-nrw.de/de/freundeskreis.html


Mandatory Registration: please sign up online at https://www.eventbrite.de/e/health-care-in-america-how-why-what-next-tickets-37870924956.


Ort: Rathaus der Stadt Essen | Porscheplatz | 45127 Essen


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