February 14, 2003

February 14, 2003 | News Releases on Health Care

Heritage Foundation Launches Center for Health Policy Studies

Washington policy-makers need accurate information and reliable research if they're going to reform our health-care system-a task that the looming retirement of the baby-boom generation will force them to confront soon. They also need fresh thinking on health-care issues and creative solutions that work in the real world.

To meet this need, The Heritage Foundation is launching the Center for Health Policy Studies.

"Health-care reform surely will be one of the top items dominating the Washington agenda this year and for many years to come," said Stuart Butler, Heritage vice president for domestic and economic policy studies. "Through the Center, we will be able to bring additional staff and resources to bear on a variety of critical health issues.

"Our nation's health-care system suffers numerous ailments-from affordability problems to insurance issues to quality-of-care concerns," Butler noted. "The Center for Health Policy Studies will place these ills under the microscope, conduct thorough analyses, and develop major policy prescriptions best calculated to remedy the problems."

According to Butler, the new Center will:

  • Sponsor original research by both in-house and outside scholars,

  • Host conferences for policy-makers, policy experts, journalists and researchers to discuss the implications of the latest health policy research findings,

  • Conduct advanced, data-based simulations and analyses of state and federal health policy proposals,

  • Develop an online clearinghouse of health policy information, providing everything from "facts-at-a-glance" issue summaries to monographs, in-depth policy papers and detailed, analytical studies, and

  • Work with state-level research institutes and public officials to craft innovative approaches to expand health coverage to those who are uninsured.

In all these activities, the Center will focus on initiatives that take advantage of free-market principles to expand the options available to patients and their families and provide them with the information and other resources they need to make informed choices.

Robert Moffit, Heritage's top expert on health-care issues, will direct the Center. "For over a decade, most organizations active in health-care debates have concentrated on approaches that are skeptical of markets and the institutions of a civil society," he said. "We intend to provide a refreshing balance by investigating practical policy proposals that draw upon market mechanisms to satisfy consumer needs."

Founded 30 years ago, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation has emerged as one of the nation's leading private-sector institutes of research and education. It has earned a reputation for understanding both the technical complexities of policy problems and the political realities that affect the creation and execution of policy solutions.

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