WMU News

Lecture examines role of information in health care selection

Nov. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The amount and type of information a consumer requires in health care decision making will be the focus of a free public lecture Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Catherine G. McLaughlin, associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, will present "Health Care Consumer Choice: The Role of Information" at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

McLaughlin's presentation is part of WMU's Department of Economics 1999-2000 Guest Lecture-Seminar Series, titled "The Economics of Health Care." The series, which began in September and runs through April, is examining critical issues affecting the health care industry.

McLaughlin, director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the U of M since 1993, will also present a seminar for professional economists, faculty and graduate students during her visit to Kalamazoo.

She has published numerous articles on the impact of HMOs on market competition and health care costs and on the determinants of small area variation in hospital utilization and costs.

Her recent articles include "Competition, Quality of Care and Role of Consumers" and "Small Business Winners and Losers Under Health Care Reform."

The 36th annual WMU Department of Economics Guest Lecture-Seminar series is co-sponsored by the WMU's College of Arts and Sciences and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

For more information, contact Dr. Huizhong Zhou, associate professor of economics, at 387-5550 or the Department of Economics at 387-5535.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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