CIPH Presents: Robert Kaplan on “More Than Medicine”

December 03, 2018


Kaplan Uncovers the “Broken Promise” of American Healthcare, and Offers a Path Toward Lower Costs and Healthier Populations.


Kaplan.jpgIn More Than Medicine: The Broken Promise of American Health, Robert Kaplan, Ph.D., draws on a lifetime of research and experience to make the case that America needs to radically rethink its approach to healthcare if it wants to stop overspending and overprescribing – start improving people’s lives. On December 13, he will bring his expertise to the University of Kentucky Center for Innovation in Population Health (CIPH), as he delivers a lecture based on his new book. Kaplan’s presentation, scheduled for December 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Gatton Student Center Senate Chamber, will be the inaugural installment of the UK CIPH Distinguished Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.


With a career that spans tops posts in government and academia, Kaplan is an expert on improving the quality and safety of healthcare, while managing the costs. Currently serving as research director at the Clinical Excellence Research Center of Stanford University School of Medicine, he previously served as chief science officer at the U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). He also served as associate director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs.


In More than Medicine, Kaplan states that American science produces the best—and most expensive—medical treatments in the world. Yet U.S. citizens lag behind their global peers in life expectancy and quality of life. Kaplan’s work brings together extensive data to make the case that healthcare priorities in the United States are sorely misplaced – with a system invested in attacking disease, but not in addressing the social, behavioral, and environmental problems that engender disease in the first place


According to Kaplan, the U.S. places much of its faith and funding in the promise of high-tech diagnostics and miracle treatments, while ignoring strong evidence that many of the most significant pathways to health are nonmedical. For example, Kaplan notes that Americans spend millions of dollars drugs for high cholesterol, which increase life expectancy by six to eight months on average. But he contends that we underfund education, which might extend life expectancy by as much as twelve years. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health spends just three percent of its budget on research on the social and behavioral determinants of health, even though these factors account for 50 percent of premature deaths.


Ultimately, Kaplan argues that America’s failure to take prevention seriously costs lives. He offers guidance for how America can change its relationship to health, healthcare, and prevention to give people the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives. He will cover these points and more in the UK CIPH Distinguished Lecture.


Event Information:


Dr. Robert Kaplan

More Than Medicine: The Broken Promise of American Health

University of Kentucky Center for Innovation in Population Health

Inaugural Distinguished Lecture

December 13, 2018

3 to 4 p.m.

Gatton Student Center Senate Chamber

160 Avenue of Champions

Lexington, Kentucky   40508


Event is free and open to the public.


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Based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the UK Center for Innovation in Population Health is building a culture of health in Kentucky. Focused on collaborative initiatives that align medical, business, social, and public health approaches to health improvement through multi-sectoral collaborations, CIPH works to expand the capability and capacity of the University to improve health outcomes for Kentuckians, while developing effective health policies and practices for population health management.