Why is health care in the United States so expensive?

Why is health care in the United States so expensive?

Principal speaker

Dr Benjamin P. Geisler


Why is health care in the United States so expensive?


The seminar will provide a brief overview about the differences between the health care system of the United States and other developed countries' around the world. The signature legislation of the Obama administration was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012 ("Obamacare") which the new American president Trump and the Republican majority in Congress wanted to repeal and replace. We will explore why health insurance and care delivery are so expensive in the U.S. and the role that geographic variation in costs and quality play, which relates to several macro trends over the past twenty or so years:

1.quality improvement and patient safety;

2.electronic health records (and the now routinely collected "big data") as well as personalized medicine;

3.shifts in drug prices;

4.the relative absence of health technology assessment and the application of cost-effectiveness analysis in the U.S. when compared to countries such as Australia or the United Kingdom.


Benjamin Geisler, M.D., M.P.H. is a board-certified internist who practices hospital medicine (equivalent to a general physician working with inpatients) at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. He studied medicine at Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany) and completed a categorical internal medicine residency at NYU School of Medicine in New York City, USA. Prior to clinical training, Ben was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in decision science at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and completed a Master's degree in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ben is a health services researcher, decision-analytic modeler, and health economist; he served as a co-editor of a peer-reviewed journal in those fields, Value in Health, for eight years and is currently on the editorial boards of Pharmacoeconomics and PLOS One. His research had applications across medical conditions although most were in cardiovascular disease. Ben enjoys teaching as well as running quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) projects. Recently, Ben has become interested in "big data" and how to use routinely collected health information for research and QI/PS.


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