WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 1, 2012)—Pete Mooney, global managing director of life sciences at Deloitte & Touche, will discuss health care career opportunities during a talk titled “Health Care Economics—What is It and Why is It a Promising Career?” Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) Howard J. Burnett Center's Yost Auditorium.
The discussion targets faculty members and students, particularly students who are interested in the field of health care but don’t necessarily want to become clinicians, and those interested in pursuing a profession in economics, business or health.
Mooney is a 1979 graduate of W&J. According to Roberta Cross, director of career services at W&J, health care economics is a profession that is much in demand as hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies try to reduce health care costs while sustaining or improving the quality of health care. Mooney is expected to address:
How do we choose among treatments with different efficacies and different costs? That is, should a $50,000 treatment for a given disease be recommended if it has a 95 percent cure rate? Or, should a $10,000 treatment be preferred, even though it is only 75 percent effective?
Should we provide heart transplants for patients who are older than 90? Older than 80?
How do we allocate funds for drug development? On the basis of research costs (often billions of dollars)? Likelihood of success? Severity of the disease addressed? Size of the population affected by the disease?
The event is free and open to the public.