With the future of U.S. health care in flux, questions abound about the incoming Republican administration's impact on federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Stanford University scholars Kate Bundorf and Jay Bhattacharya outline possible changes to these programs and their effects on health care for the elderly and the poor.
Kate Bundorf is the chief of the Division of Health Research and an associate professor of health research and policy. Her research focuses on health insurance markets, often including Medicare.
Jay Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine and, by courtesy, of economics. He studies Medicare's financial future -- and it's effect on physician's practices and patient outcomes -- and is currently assisting in the roll-out of MACRA, a new payment reform system for Medicare.