Springfield, Ohio – Three panelists will speak about the unique origins of the United States health care system during a timely panel discussion from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in Wittenberg University’s Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
Melissa Thomasson, professor of economics at Miami University, Fred Gottheil, professor of economics at the University of Illinois and Jeff Ankrom, assistant provost for institutional research & planning and professor of economics at Wittenberg, will provide insights into a health care system dominated by employment-based health insurance coverage, adoption of the new health care legislation and challenges of the legislation’s implementation.
Thomasson has written extensively on the economic history of health care in the U.S., and her research focus has been the origins of this country’s employment-based health insurance system. Gottheil teaches courses on health economics to medical students, and he offers an alternative historical view of the economics of health care, highlighting philosophical and religious issues while focusing on technological advances, problems with insurance and the relative merits of a single-payer system. Ankrom teaches a course on health economics and brings a public finance perspective to the discussion.
The presentations will last approximately one hour, with the last 30 minutes intended for questions and comments from the audience.
The panel discussion is sponsored by Wittenberg’s Departments of Economics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, History, Political Science and Psychology, as well as the Faculty Endowment Fund Board.
Written By: Ryan Maurer