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Payment for health care topic of Sichel Series talk at WMU

by Mark Schwerin

Nov. 16, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. John Goddeeris, MSU.
KALAMAZOO--A visiting authority on the economics of health care will weigh in on the health care funding debate when he speaks this month as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series at Western Michigan University.

Dr. John Goddeeris, professor of economics at Michigan State University, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. His presentation, titled "Payment Reform and Bending the Cost Curve," is free and open to the public.

Goddeeris earned his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and joined the Michigan State faculty in 1979. He served as director of graduate programs in the MSU Department of Economics from 1988-92, chair of the department from 1996-2001 and associate dean of the College of Social Science from 2006-10.

Goddeeris has published widely on health care finance, technological change in health care and health program evaluation, as well as on environmental taxation and taxation amnesties among other areas of research. He has been co-investigator on a number of projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. Much of his current research focuses on understanding disparities in infant mortality across racial and ethnic groups.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office and consultant to a number of public and private organizations. Goddeeris has taught at least one course in health economics at MSU almost every year since 1980.

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. The series is annually cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.