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Stanford medical school dean and experts discuss the future of health reform

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Shortly after President Barack Obama signed the health-reform bill into law, Stanford's School of Medicine hosted a forum to assess the implications of the reform package.

The panel discussion featured Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the School of Medicine; Alan Garber, MD, PhD, professor of medicine; and Alain Enthoven, PhD, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Business. Daniel Kessler, JD, PhD, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, moderated the 90-minute exchange.

During the event, Garber and Pizzo expressed concerns about the cost of the legislation, but both noted that doing nothing would have been worse for the health-care system. Pizzo said:

We were on a trajectory that was leading to [an] unsustainable system. Imperfect as this [bill] is, my view is this is a start.

Hit the play button on the video above to watch the discussion of the elements and efficacy of the new health law.

Video from Stanford Health Policy Forum
Previously: Health-care reform reactions at Stanford

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