TED Talk Salon: What Ails the American Healthcare System? Follow the Money.

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Every 1st Saturday of the month

Southdale Library

7001 York Ave S · Edina, MN

How to find us

We'll be in the Ethel Berry Room on second floor.

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The United States has the most expensive healthcare system (by far) in the developed world. However, for the $3.5 trillion that is spent on healthcare annually the U.S. ranks behind many other countries in healthcare outcomes and life expectancies. Why is that? That is the subject of this month’s program.

American’s today rank affordable healthcare near the top of the issues that concerns them the most. Even people who have access to decent health insurance are worried about high deductibles, co-payments, and especially the nefarious increase in the cost of prescription drugs. Many people are confused, angry, and anxious for a systemic solution to the problem.

Our first TED video will be of former newspaper reporter, Jeanne Pinder, the Founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. Confounded over the wild variance in healthcare costs from one hospital to another for the same services, she started a company to ferret out the truth about the lack of transparency in the healthcare system.


Our second TED video will be of Matthias Mullenbeck, Biopharma director for licensing and business development at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He proposes a radical change in the payment for healthcare services based on wellness, not sickness.


Our monthly TED Talk Salon features engaging video presentations and thoughtful, lively discussion. If you're a curious world citizen we welcome you to the conversation! You can expect to hear a positive balance of critical thinking and personal experiences and values, in a friendly, respectful atmosphere.

FORMAT: Welcome and announcements at 3:00, videos shown at 3:10 then small group and whole group discussion until 4:55.

RSVPs: Because there is a waitlist most months, we rely on your courtesy to allow as many as possible attend.

No preparation is necessary; if you wish to preview the talk, click on the highlighted links to the specific titles of talks which are posted a couple of weeks before each event.