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George Washington University SMHS | Lecture | “Fortress & Frontier” in American healthcare reform

October 15, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


“Fortress & Frontier” in American healthcare: How to think about healthcare reform. BRI Graboyes Fortress Frontier healthcare reform


BRI Dr. Robert F. Graboyes healthcare reformALL are welcome at this event to hear the argument that politicians from BOTH SIDES of the political divide are approaching healthcare reform all wrong! At least according to Dr. Robert F. Graboyes. Dr. Graboyes is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University. BRI-Georgetown is very happy to welcome Dr. Graboyes back for a repeat delivery of his very insightful, much requested healthcare innovation lecture, “Fortress & Frontiers.” Dr. Graboyes will discuss what NEEDS to be done from a policy perspective to open up markets, which allow healthcare innovators to DECREASE COSTS and INCREASE ACCESS for all patients.

Refreshments will be served; RSVPs are appreciated!

For further reading by Dr. Graboyes:
Why Both Sides Are Losing the Healthcare Debate
Why ‘Repeal and Replace’ Will Never Work

BRI GWU Graboyes LecturePOST-EVENT SUMMARY: 45 students and faculty joined us for Dr. Graboyes’ lunch lecture. BRI GWU Graboyes audience

The current healthcare debate misses the point: Politicians from both sides of the aisle determine the success of healthcare policy by the extent of the coverage and NOT the cost of care, nor the quality of the care provided.

It’s not Left vs. Right … It’s Fortress vs. Frontier: Dr. Graboyes states that the goal of the Fortress is to prevent any imaginable bad outcome in healthcare and to shield those in the medical industry from any competition. The Frontier understands that innovation, quality elevation, and cost suppression cannot occur without bearing some risk and encouraging economic competition.

The idea that “Healthcare is Different” is a false narrative: Dr. Graboyes compares the healthcare industry to the technological industry, noting that technology companies, such as Apple and IBM, have been in competition which elicited vast expansion and cost reduction in the industry. The argument that healthcare deals with risks that are far greater than that of other markets is untrue. Technology has been used in crime that ranges from identity theft to terrorism, yet few would argue that these risks outweigh the benefits associated with these technologies.

“Dr. Graboyes went above and beyond expectations by staying after his presentation to personally discuss with five intrigued students for an additional 1.5 hours.” ~Jacob Leedekerken, BRI-President, George Washington University


October 15, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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