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California Journal of Politics and Policy: Berkeley Healthcare Forum Report Publication

Posted on 09 Oct 2014
In a typical day, Californians spend over $850 million on healthcare. In a typical year, 53% of the state’s healthcare expenditures are spent by just 5% of the population. More alarming is the fact that by 2022, total employer-based insurance premiums for a family are projected to consume almost a third of median household income. Similarly, the share of the Gross State Product consumed by healthcare continues to grow; it is projected to rise from 15.4% in 2012 to nearly 17.1% in 2022, reducing our ability to invest in other crucial areas. We also face a continuing obesity epidemic that results in growing rates of chronic diseases skewed to the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder. Additionally, the state’s healthcare system will be stressed even further due to several million additional Californians gaining insurance coverage via the Affordable Care Act. These are just some of the reasons it is critical that we address the financial sustainability of the state’s healthcare system wit

Professor Scheffler’s Letter Featured on

Posted on 30 Apr 2013
To the Editor: Do healthy people go to church, or does church make you healthy? If the answer is that church makes you healthy, what is the mechanism? Leaving out divine intervention, what happens in church that produces health? Economists and other social scientists have examined the relationship between health and social capital, which includes church, social clubs and having a support network of friends. Social capital provides information on health habits, better doctors or hospitals, and reduces stress, which can lead to heart disease and mental problems. But we must confront the problem of causation. Those who attend church are on average healthier than those who do not: the selection effect. To deal with this, we would need to study the health of those who are randomly assigned to attend church and who do not attend. Without this evidence, we can only hope that going to church makes us healthier, though it might be a good thing anyway. RICHARD SCHEFFLER Madrid, April 22, 2013 Th

New book released!

Posted on 19 Apr 2013
We are happy to announce “The Labor Market for Health Care Workers in Africa” is now available online. Head over to our resources to view the book. Visit this link for more information regarding ordering a physical copy.

Berkeley Forum Appendices Posted

Posted on 19 Apr 2013
The appendices for the Berkeley Forum are now available for download. You can download them from our Berkeley Forum Page at the bottom.

Berkeley Forum Releases Report, February 26, 2013.

Posted on 26 Feb 2013
EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 A.M. PT, TUESDAY, FEB. 26, TO COINCIDE WITH REPORT’S RELEASE Policy experts, health care leaders offer landmark roadmap for better health care at lower cost NOTE TO MEDIA: The authors of this report will be available for media interviews on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 10-11 a.m. PT. Reporters should call (866) 740-1260, access code 6422082#. By Sarah Yang | Media Relations, (510) 643-7741 Berkeley — An unprecedented, year-long collaborative effort involving policy experts from the University of California, Berkeley, CEOs of major health insurers and health care delivery systems, and leaders from California’s public sector has produced a detailed roadmap that would transform the state’s health care system and improve care and outcomes while saving billions of dollars in the process. The members of the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare Delivery System have agreed to support a risk-adjusted global budget model of

Welcome to The New Website!

Posted on 12 Feb 2013
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Research Training: Socio-economics of Mental Health Delivery System in South-East Europe

Posted on 09 Feb 2013
Research Training: Socio-economics of Mental Health Delivery System in South-East Europe, February 5-8, 2013, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley, CA