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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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William Fenical is a professor of oceanography at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps. His research involves the isolation and identification of active chemical materials from marine plants and animals that may have potential pharmaceutical or agricultural uses. His research involves marine organic chemistry with a focus on chemical defense mechanisms in marine organisms and the chemistry of marine microorganisms.

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Dr. Wei Yu is a professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics School of Public Economics and Administration. He also serves as director for the school's Center for Health Policy and Administration. Wei also is a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University. He is a former health economist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  He conducts economic analysis in healthcare studies for national VA healthcare research programs.

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Timothy C. Rickard is a professor of psychology at UCSD. He researches numerical cognition, memory, memory and attention, human memory and performance, expertise, skill acquisition and transfer. His current projects explore the changes in cognitive processing and representation that occur with practice, memory impairment in patients with damage to the medial temporal lobe, the role of attention in memory retrieval, and the cognitive and neurological structures involved in numerical cognition.

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Susan B. Sorenson is a professor of criminology and social policy and a senior fellow in public health at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, where she taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence \"- the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She also taught a course on fatal violence that focuses on guns and gun policy.

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Sheila Hall is director of the HIV/AIDS & Health legal assistance program at the East Bay Community Law Center, the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and a nationally recognized poverty law clinic. The center, founded in 1988 by law students at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, serves several thousand low-income clients and community groups each year with legal matters directly affecting their income, shelter and health care. The HIV/AIDS & Health practice offers legal services to HIV-positive clients and their families.

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Dr. Lee is director of UC Berkeley's Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, one of 11 centers established by the National Institute on Aging that form part of the national infrastructure for developing the emerging field of the demography of aging. Dr. Lee is the author of numerous articles, papers and publications.

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Dr. Robert K. Ross is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a $3.7 billion, private grant-making foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Ross served as director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator.

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Dr. Landa received her BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology summa cum laude from Towson State University, and went on to obtain a summa MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State, followed by a PhD at the University of Washington in 1985. She pursued postgraduate work at the University of Maryland, Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine, and Johns Hopkins, and worked extensively as a speech-language pathologist before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1989.

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