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Private healthcare – a privilege, or a system to bring costs down for everyone?
A common belief is that private healthcare is a luxury only the elite can afford. A public health system, it is claimed, is the way to achieve a high accessibility of medical services for everyone. In movies such as ‘Elysium’, Hollywood portrays private healthcare as unaffordable but by the mega rich – such as Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, who star in the film. On Tuesday, 26 June, Fred Roeder will introduce a LEDS discussion on the benefits (or not) of private healthcare – whether competition in the provision of medical services leads to better, more affordable, and more comprehensive care for everyone. Fred is a health economist and has worked in health systems in post-communist countries, North America, Germany, and South East Asia. He currently works as Managing Director of the Consumer Choice Center in Brussels.

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