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Health task force completes report

President Susan Hockfield announced yesterday that the Task Force on Medical Care for the MIT Community, appointed in September 2004, has completed its work.

The task force was charged with providing a comprehensive review of MIT's health-care and medical-insurance programs and evaluating access, quality and cost.

In an e-mail to the MIT community, Hockfield noted that the report "makes clear that high quality, accessible and affordable health care is a matter of great importance to the members of our community. While the task force makes a number of recommendations, it concludes that the basic model of health care and insurance that has been in place for several decades has served MIT very well."

Hockfield went on to say that she has asked interim Executive Vice President Sherwin Greenblat to look into the financial and operational implications of the report's recommendations.

She also thanked Professor Paul Joskow and the members of the task force for their work.

The report can be viewed online at

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 9, 2005 (download PDF).

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