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Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

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Stanford scholars examine causes and consequences of people dropping ACA plans

June 2018

The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could unravel because its enrollees strategically drop in and out of coverage, Stanford scholars write in a new working...

Millions could have incorrect statin, aspirin & blood pressure prescriptions

June 2018

More than 11 million Americans may have incorrect prescriptions for aspirin, statins and blood pressure medications, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of...

Cuts to Medicaid hurt all kids, rich and poor

May 2018

Cuts to Medicaid hurt all children — rich and poor.

The fog of development: Evaluating the Millennium Villages Project

April 2018

Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs launched an ambitious — some would say audacious — experiment back in 2005 in his quest to prove that we can end global poverty if we take a holistic, community-led...

Research into impact of gun violence on public health highlighted as issue becomes part of national dialogue

March 2018

As millions marched against gun violence across the country on Saturday, research by Stanford Health Policy experts about the impact of gun ownership on public health was also in the spotlight.

Global Health Economics Colloquium: universal health care only works if quality of care is high

March 2018

Health care has become the largest sector of the global economy, now accounting for more than 10 percent of Gross World Product, or $7.5 trillion.

A Case Study: the Mosul Trauma Response

February 2018

Stanford Health Policy's Paul Wise traveled to Iraq last year with a small delegation of physician-academics to evaluate the World Health Organization's system to treat civilians injured in the...

Study shows expanding hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves health outcomes

February 2018

Screening all adults for hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is a cost-effective way to improve clinical outcomes of HCV and identify more infected people compared to current recommendations,...

Vic Fuchs on health care: A diagnosis, a proposal

February 2018

 At age 94, with an extensive collection of health policy research and publications under his belt, Victor Fuchs has a lot to say about the health care system. The high cost. The uninsured.

Suing drug companies could help stem the national opioid epidemic

December 2017

At least 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The epidemic has claimed more than 300,000 lives since 2000 and is expected kill another half million over the next decade.

Family planning programs in low-income countries appear to keep young girls in school longer

December 2017

Family planning programs in developing countries that offer contraceptives and reproductive health advice apparently do more than prevent pregnancies — they can keep girls in primary school for up...

ACA marketplace plans provide risk protection, but out-of-pocket costs can be misleading

December 2017

There is no denying the Affordable Care Act has significantly increased the number of Americans with health insurance.

The collision of civil war and threat of global pandemics

October 2017

There are 30 civil wars underway around the globe, where civilians are dealing with death and destruction as well as public health emergencies exacerbated by the deadly march of conflict.Yemen is...

Sanjay Basu joins Stanford Health Policy faculty to answer the world's big health-care questions

May 2017

A glimpse of Sanjay Basu’s work begs the question, “What doesn’t he do?”From testing a San Francisco nutrition program, to breaking down some of the world’s largest data sets, to inspiring a...

Stanford conference examines new immigration policies' impacts on children's health

May 2017

As immigration policy ideas dance around Washington, children’s health rarely enters the discussion.

Paul Wise challenges Just War

April 2017

When one thinks of the casualties of war, it is easy to imagine severed limbs, bullet holes, shrapnel, perhaps even sarin gas or Agent Orange.

Congratulations to the first Stanford Health Policy PhD students to win awards

April 2017

Yiqun Chen and Tess Ryckman are the first students in the Stanford Health Policy PhD program to win research grants.

Task Force: Older men should discuss prostate cancer screening with physicians

April 2017

A panel of experts has released a draft recommendation that men aged 55 to 69 with no sign of prostate cancer should still talk to their physicians about whether they should be screened for the...

Remembering Ken Arrow: A student's reflection

March 2017

If there is such a person as a universally respected and universally loved scholar, Professor Arrow was such a man.

Lack of health care, food and shelter typically kill more civilians than bombs and bullets

January 2017

Most civilian casualties in war are not the result of direct exposure to bombs and bullets; they are due to the destruction of the essentials of daily living, including food, water, shelter, and...

Closing the gap between rich and poor in developing countries

December 2016

The health gap between rich and poor children in developing countires is staggeringly high, but Assistant Professor of Medicine Eran Bendavid found that it is shrinking.

How might the election affect Obamacare?

November 2016

Stanford Health Policy faculty members Michelle Mello, David Studdert and Laurence Baker discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it could affect health coverage in the United States.

Watch Live: Health Policy through 2020: The ACA, Payment Reform and Global Challenges

September 2016

Watch Live: Health Policy through 2020: The ACA, Payment Reform and Global Challenges. The event begins at 1 p.m. PST and will end at approximately 5:45 p.m.

People

Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Kathryn M. McDonald Senior Research Scholar Executive Director, CHP/PCOR, Senior Scholar, CHP/PCOR
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Daniel P. Kessler Professor, Law, Professor, Political Economy
Randall S. Stafford Professor, Medicine
Stefanos A. Zenios Professor, Operations, Information and Technology, Professor, Health Care Management
Jonathan Shaw Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine