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Michael Borowitz

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Michael Borowitz is a public health physician (M.D., M.P.H.) and health economist (Ph.D.). He serves as a senior health policy analyst working on a new mental health project, engagement with China, and other global initiatives for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the intergovernmental think-tank that helps coordinate policies for 35 of world’s richest countries. He started his career working on U.S. health reform first for Senator Teddy Kennedy in the Senate Office on Health and subsequently at the Health Care Financing Administration, where he worked on the reform of payment to physicians. He left the US government, when health reform collapsed during the Clinton Administration. In 1993, he moved abroad, along with several of his government colleagues, to help the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the formidable task of restructuring the health care system in the newly independent states behind the fallen Iron Curtain. For five years he directed a large reform project covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.