During this 30-minute interview Professor Engel discusses moreover why, as he notes, US healthcare is "uniquely dysfunctional," and "laden with profit taking" largely due to induced demand, provides an overview of efforts to contain spending growth via HMOs both in the commercial and the Medicare market, the success of Medicaid HMOs, and discusses his disappointments with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) actually making healthcare more affordable.
Jonthan Engel is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. He has taught previously at Seton Hall University, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts. He has been a consultant to the White House's President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, the lead author on multiple HIV needs assessments for the City of Newark and director of research at the Local Area Board for Health Planning for Essex and Union counties in New Jersey. His published works include: Doctors and Reformers: Discussion and Debate of Health Policy 1025-1950; Poor People's Medicine: Medicaid and the US Charity Care Since 1965; The Epidemic: A History of AIDS; American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the US; and, Fat Nation, forthcoming. He is currently writing a book on Cold War science and policy in the US. Professor Engel received his BA from Harvard, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and his PhD in the history of medicine from Yale.
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