UCLA Sponsors Symposium on Universal Health Care

UCLA hosted experts in health care and policy at the E. Richard Brown Symposium on universal health care in California. Faculty with joint appointments at UCLA Luskin contributed to the symposium through workshops and presentations. The March 1-2, 2019, event honored the legacy of E. Richard Brown, a UCLA professor and public health leader who advocated for health care reform. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, founded by Brown in 1994, celebrated its 25th anniversary with the symposium. The first day of the conference, which can be accessed via webcast, took place in Sacramento and focused on planning, policy and political perspectives. UCLA professor of health policy and management Gerald Kominski gave a presentation on the contributions to coverage policies made by the Center for Health Policy Research. UCLA hosted the second day of the conference, including a workshop on the successful implementation of universal health care systems in Taiwan, Canada and other middle-income countries. UCLA professor of health policy and management Thomas Rice spoke about realizing Brown’s wish for universal health care. The symposium also featured UCLA professor of public policy Mark Peterson and professor of health policy and management and public policy Jack Needleman. Joseph Kutzin of the World Health Organization summarized the importance of universal health care: “Everyone should be able to have access to good-quality health services, without fear of the financial consequences for themselves, their families, their businesses and their jobs.”