Issues & Ideas Luncheon, October 2003

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Luncheons in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and suggestions for achieving them.

Legislative staff, policy specialists, and other interested friends are cordially invited to our


“The Top Ten Things People Believe About Canadian Health Care, But Shouldn’t”


Brian Lee Crowley, Ph.D.
President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies


Thursday, October 9, 2003


12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


The Mackinac Room, 5th Floor
House Office Building
124 North Capitol, Lansing


Lunch is provided at no charge,
with reservation.

Health-care policy continues to inspire heated debate. Proponents of a government subsidized, single-payer, global health-care system often cite the Canadian model of health care as their ideal, and are quick to point out “inequities” caused by market-based, privately supplied health-care systems.

Dr. Crowley, a Canadian citizen, says the opposite is true. By dispelling the most prevalent myths associated with the Canadian health-care system, he will explain how market-based reforms better meet the needs of health-care consumers.

Two projects on the Canadian health-care system co-authored by Crowley won the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher Award, which recognizes excellence in public policy think tank publications. In recognition of his health-care work, he was named to the most influential provincial health-care inquiry in Canada, the Mazankowski Committee. Former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Don Mazankowski called Crowley the “intellectual architect” of the committee’s report, which endorsed significant privatization of health-care delivery in Alberta. Crowley is a much sought-after media commentator on health-care policy and has spoken to scores of national and international conferences in recent years on health-care reform in Canada.

Dr. Crowley is the founding President of AIMS, the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Atlantic Canada’s public policy think tank. He holds degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the London School of Economics, where he earned a doctorate in political economy.

The luncheon begins promptly at 12:00 noon. Please make reservations for yourself and any guests by noon on September 30, 2003, by calling the Mackinac Center at (989) 631-0900 or send your e-mail to:

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Luncheon
The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can only be served when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


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