Jay Bhattacharya

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Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD

  • Senior Fellow by Courtesy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Professor by Courtesy of Economics
  • Director of the Program on Medical Outcomes
  • Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging
  • Core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
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Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. He directs Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics. Dr. Bhattacharya’s recent research focuses on the epidemiology of COVID-19 as well as an evaluation of policy responses to the epidemic. His broader research interests encompass the implications of population aging for future population health and medical spending in developed countries, the measurement of physician performance tied to physician payment by insurers, and the role played by biomedical innovation on health.  He has published 135 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health among other fields. He holds an MD and PhD in economics, both earned at Stanford University.


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Health insurance no guarantee for diabetes care in developing countries

Without good health care, diabetics run the risk of developing more health problems. Stanford researchers say those complications will put a greater strain on the patients and the countries where they live – a problem that can be addressed with improvements to health and insurance systems.