Problem Synopsis: Understanding the determinants of health care expenditures and health is crucial to developing effective health policy. This includes understanding the effects of medical innovations and nonmedical determinants (e.g., smoking, obesity, socioeconomic factors such as income and education, and where a person lives) on health care expenditures and on the length and quality of life.
Synopsis of the Work: From 2002 to 2010, Victor R. Fuchs, PhD, a health economist with the National Bureau of Economic Research and Stanford University, studied the factors that affect health care expenditures and health, including geographical differences in the use of medical care and death rates among older adults across the United States. He also developed policy solutions for covering the uninsured and reducing the high cost of health care.
Key Findings/Results: Fuchs published some 50 publications and made more than 60 presentations. The publications included many articles in leading journals such as Health Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine, as well as several book chapters.
Among the publications Fuchs identified as key are the following: