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Victor R. Fuchs, MA, PhD   Download vCard
Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, Emeritus and CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member

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providing universal healthcare coverage while containing costs; healthcare costs and medical expenditures; determinants of health, especially medical innovations, socioeconomic factors and individual behaviors

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Victor Fuchs is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, emeritus; an FSI senior fellow; and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR. He has written extensively on the cost of medical care and on determinants of health, with an emphasis on the role of socioeconomic factors and physician behavior. His current research focuses on health care reform, income inequality, and the economics of aging.

He is developing a proposal for a "universal healthcare voucher" system in which all families or individuals would be given a voucher -- financed by an earmarked value-added tax -- that would guarantee them coverage in a private health insurance plan with a standardized package of benefits, including basic health services and catastrophic coverage.

Fuchs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was president (1995) and distinguished fellow (1990) of the American Economic Association. He received the Distinguished Investigator Award (1988) and the Distinguished Fellow Award (1996) from the Association for Health Services Research, and was awarded the Baxter Foundation's Health Services Research Prize (1991). He received a BS in business administration from New York University, and an MA and PhD in economics from Columbia University.

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The Doctor’s Dilemma — What Is “Appropriate” Care?
Victor R. Fuchs: "Most physicians want to deliver “appropriate” care. Most want to practice “ethically.” But the transformation of a small-scale professional service into a technologically complex sector that consumes more than 17% of the nation’s gross domestic product makes it increasingly difficult to know what is “appropriate” and what is “ethical.”"
August 31, 2011 in Health Policy and Reform

Health economist Victor Fuchs looks at Who Shall Live
Thirty-seven years ago, Stanford economist Victor Fuchs, PhD, penned Who Shall Live?, a book that took basic ideas in economic theory and applied them to health and medical care in a way that hadn’t been done before. His now-classic publication has been credited with kick-starting the field of health economics.
July 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

New center seeks to find ways to deliver more health per dollar
Physician involvement is key to accelerating the adoption of new care models, wrote Milstein and Victor Fuchs, PhD, professor emeritus of economics and of health research and policy, in a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.
June 3, 2011 in Stanford Medical Center Report

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