April 12, 2023 | Lessons from Abroad: What can other nations teach Oregon about better health care?

By all comparisons, the US has the most inefficient healthcare system among industrialized nations, with Oregon as a state suffering in many areas of public health as well. Other nations spend less but cover more people and enjoy better medical and public health outcomes.

What are other nations doing that Oregon isn’t? What is Oregon doing that no other nation does? Experts in national and state health care policy share lessons learned from other nations and their knowledge of Oregon, before offering ideas for what changes Oregon could make to provide better care to more people for less money.


Tina Edlund, MS
Independent healthcare policy consultant, former Senior Health Policy Advisor for Governor Kate Brown, former Chief of Policy for the Oregon Health Authority, former Managing Principal for Health Management Associates.


Irene Papanicolas, PhD
Professor of Health Service, Policy, and Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University, first author of “Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries.”

Reginald D. Williams II
Vice President, International Health Policy and Practice Innovations, The Commonwealth Fund, co-author of “Mirror, Mirror 2021: Reflecting Poorly. Health Care in the U.S. Compared to Other High-Income Countries” and “U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes.”

Jack Friedman
Chair of PacificSource Health Plans, former CEO of Providence Health Plan, former executive director of the Greater Portland Business Group on Health.

Donald Berwick, MD, MPP
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; President Emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; first author of “The Triple Aim: Care, Health, and Cost.”

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