As we expect health care consumers to become increasingly savvy shoppers, it is important that they understand their options. Yet prices and quality of care are far from transparent, and vary widely across the nation. Differentiating valuable spending from wasteful spending is fundamentally important to an accessible, affordable health care system. Higher priced services are not necessarily better. My research focuses on what drives spending and utilization in a market, and how price can become better aligned with quality so that it can serve as a better “signal” for consumers. I also teach health economics and quantitative methods.
- PhD in Health Economics from UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Research InterestsHealth care spending and value; variability in costs, pricing, and utilization; competition and consolidation