Articles  |   July 2014
2014 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture – ‘Health Care at the Crossroads: The Imperative for Change’
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Articles   |   July 2014
2014 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture – ‘Health Care at the Crossroads: The Imperative for Change’
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 40.
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 40.
This year’s Rovenstine Lecture will be delivered by Karen B. Domino, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. She also was a 2012-13 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine, and received placement on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Dr. Domino’s talk will focus on increasing health care costs and changes in health care reimbursement. She will address the anesthesiologist’s potential in leading perioperative surgical home models of care, which emphasize physician leadership, sound data, quality, safety and value.
According to Dr. Domino, the current health care model in the United States is unsustainable. Health care expenditures per capita have increased every year since 1960, when spending was $147 per citizen. In 2010, $8,402 was spent per capita. At almost $2.2 trillion, health care spending in the U.S. is 2.5 times higher than the wealthy nation average. Health care spending has grown faster than the gross domestic product (GDP). It is estimated that health care as a percentage of GDP will sit at 20 percent in 2017. By 2037, health care spending is estimated to rise to more than 30 percent, a level which will crowd out funding of other important societal necessities, including education of our children, transportation, defense and research funding.
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