Oregon, heal thyself

Oregon, like all states, struggles to provide better care to more people for less money. Much of Oregon’s efforts are untried or unproven. Other nations have succeeded in this goal through a variety of formats, some of which may or may not be models for Oregon to follow. What are the lessons Oregon should learn from the successes and failures of other healthcare systems?

The City Club of Portland is bringing us two internationally renowned doctors from the healthcare world.


Theodore R. Marmor, PhD is emeritus professor of public policy and management at Yale University School of Management. Dr. Marmor has written and presented extensively on social security, healthcare policy, and healthcare reform since his participation in the creation of Medicare in 1965 as aide to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. The author or co-author of eleven books, Marmor has published over a hundred articles in a wide range of scholarly journals, as well as being a frequent op-ed contributor to U.S. and Canadian newspapers. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law.

Kieke Okma, PhD is Visiting Professor at McGill University, Canada and has spoken around the world on international healthcare policy. She has been Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands, Advisor to the World Bank on Health Policy, and a participant in other international health policy agencies. She has been published in several languages on healthcare policy and economics.

One of her recent articles, co-authored with her husband Dr. Marmor, was “A Dutch Model for Medicare? Sobering Lessons from the Netherlands’ Experience with Competition” (2011) in the New England Journal of Medicine.


September 15, 2016 (Thursday)
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Riverhouse on the Deschutes
2850 NW Rippling River Court
Bend, OR 97701

$25 for members; $40 for non-members. Plated lunch included.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum. Registration closes at noon on Monday, September 12.

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