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PACIFIC FORUM ON U.S. HEALTH CARE REFORM AND CANADA'S NATIONALIZED HEALTH SYSTEM

 PACIFIC FORUM ON U.S. HEALTH CARE REFORM AND
 CANADA'S NATIONALIZED HEALTH SYSTEM
 WHO: Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in economics
 Michael Walker, Canadian economist
 WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 1992, 3-5 p.m.
 WHERE: A.P. Giannini Auditorium, Bank of America Building,
 555 California St., San Francisco
 BACKGROUND: Two internationally known economists will speak in
 San Francisco, Tuesday, March 31, on the U.S. health
 care crisis. Both have criticized current proposals
 to reform the U.S. system, including Canada's
 nationalized health care system or "single-payer"
 approach, and the "play or pay" model which mandates
 employer-paid insurance.
 Milton Friedman, America's most noted and widely
 quoted economist, entered the health care debate last
 November with a full-page article on the editorial
 pages of the "Wall Street Journal." Friedman's
 article elicited response from every major player in
 the health care debate for weeks after the article
 was published. The Canadian system and the "play or
 pay" model, wrote Friedman, "move us from a partly
 socialist system to a completely socialist system."
 Friedman is the 1976 Nobel laureate in economic
 science and a senior research fellow at the Hoover
 Institution.
 Joining Professor Friedman at the March 31 forum
 will be Canadian economist Michael Walker. Walker is
 executive director of Canada's leading conservative
 think tank, the Fraser Institute in Vancouver,
 British Columbia. In an article published in the
 March 1992 issue of the U.S. magazine, Reason, Walker
 warned the United States not to adopt the Canadian
 model: "Being insured in Canada is no guarantee that
 you will receive medical care when you need it, and
 waiting sometimes means death."
 Friedman and Walker will be speaking to health
 care professionals, members of the insurance
 industry, government officials, and health care
 public interest groups. The forum is being sponsored
 by the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy,
 a San Francisco-based think tank. Admission is open
 to the public ($10, advance reservations required).
 CONTACT: Pamela A. Riley of the Pacific Research Institute, 415-989-0833.
 MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Both speakers are available for interview before or after the forum. Media are also invited to cover the event.
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