Council on Health Care Economics and Policy

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Mission and History

Council Mission

The Council pursues its mission through the following specific objectives:

  • Identify critical issues brought about by health system change
  • Conduct original research and commission research from technical experts
  • Create a forum for discussion of issues among Council members, health services researchers, representatives of Congress, Congressional staff, representatives of related governmental agencies, industry leaders, and members of the press
  • Issue background papers, research findings, journal articles, press releases, and policy recommendations
  • Provide analytical leadership by formulating topical research agendas for health services research organizations and government agencies, foundations and other organizations

The signature Council event is the annual Princeton Conference.  These conferences have served as national platforms for health policy experts to present and debate key issues.  These discussions have led to multiple publications over the past two decades that have helped shape health policy policies and regulation in the United States.

History of the Princeton Conference

The first Princeton Conference was held on October 29-31, 1994 at Princeton University. Conference participants analyzed and critiqued the Clinton Administration’s health care reform plan.  


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