On April 21, Princeton held a memorial for Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt – the university reached out specifically to invite AHCJ members. Prominent author and economist Paul Krugman has published his comments from the memorial in The New York Times. On “The Incidental Economist” blog, Austin Frakt recounted what he learned about Reinhardt at the memorial and includes photos of the program.
Health journalists benefited over the years from the wisdom and candor of Reinhardt, who passed away last November. His support for AHCJ was unflagging and he was a prominent speaker at the organization’s conferences – from the very beginning 20 years ago. At Health Journalism 2009, Reinhardt argued that health care was the best investment to revive the United States from recession.
Founding member Mark Taylor wrote after Reinhardt’s death, “At our first conference Reinhardt refused speaker payments and almost always accepted phone calls from AHCJ member journalists.”