AcademyHealth, in collaboration with the National Pharmaceutical Council is pleased to kick off a series of webinars beginning on October 18th with “Starting a serious conversation about health care spending:  What can we learn from the past and from elsewhere?”  

This new webinar series seeks to promote serious evidence-based discussions related to costs, value, and allocation of health care spending and how those expenditures can best generate improved health outcomes.  

The kickoff webinar will include an overview of our new Health Spending Dialogue and early findings from research projects designed to dig deeper into key issues in health care spending. Craig Mitton from the University of British Columbia will examine what can we learn from other countries’ efforts to constrain health spending and how these efforts might be applicable in the US as well as approaches to avoid. Corinna Sorenson from Duke University will explore why low value care been so persistent, with a focus on the complexity and inter-connectedness of the barriers to removing low-value care and how this might impact future strategies.

Moderated by Fiona Grieg, Director of Research of the JPMorgan Chase Institute, the webinar will also include introductory comments from Bobby Dubois, Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President of the National Pharmaceutical Council.

Webinar Objectives

  • Introduce the Health Spending Dialogue and other new activities related to health care spending.
  • Provide an overview of research findings from two health care spending projects: 1) How other countries constrain health spending; and 2) why low value care is so persistent in the US.
  • Stimulate audience discussion of key issues and future health care spending research topic areas

Watch Recorded Webinar


Speaker List


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Fiona Greig, Ph.D.

Director of Consumer Research - JPMorgan Chase Institute

Fiona Greig is the Director of Consumer Research for the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Fiona served as... Read Bio


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Author, Presenter

Robert W. Dubois, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President - National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC)

Robert W. Dubois is the chief science officer and executive vice president of the National Pharmaceutical Coun... Read Bio


Craig Mitton, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Professor and Senior Scientist - University of British Columbia

Craig Mitton is a professor in the School of Population and Public Health and senior scientist at the Centre f... Read Bio

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Corinna Sorenson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Duke University School of Medicine

Corinna Sorenson is an assistant professor in Population Health Sciences at the Duke University School of Medi... Read Bio