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    The Role of Government and the Free Market in Healthcare

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    The Role of Government and the Free Market in Healthcare
    Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates - Albert Theatre at Goodman Theatre
    Intelligence Squared Debates posits the argument: Should the United States ration end-of-life car?Taking place at Chicago Ideas Week: Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth?

    *Panelists subject to change

    Moderator: John Donvan
    Author & Correspondent
    ABC News

    For:
    Dr. Art Kellermann
    Chair in Policy Analysis
    RAND HealthPeter Singer
    Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
    Princeton University

    Against:
    Sally Pipes
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Pacific Research InstituteKen Connor
    Chairman
    Center for a Just Society