Researcher Examines the Effect of Economics on Health Care Policy and Technology

From 1996 to 1998, Victor R. Fuchs, PhD, conducted research in three areas:

  • The means by which society establishes priorities for scarce health care resources.
  • The allocation of resources for care of the elderly (for example, how and why the US health care system systematically over-invests in "high tech" care at the expense of "high touch" care).
  • Medical technology (the role of technology assessment research and its connection to the diffusion of technology into practice).

Key Results

  • Dr. Fuchs produced two books:

    • The first book is entitled Who Shall Live? Health, Economics, and Social Choice—Expanded Edition.
    • The second book, which Dr. Fuchs edited, is entitled Individual and Social Responsibility: Child Care, Education, Medical Care, and Long-Term Care in America.
  • He published nine articles in journals such as The American Economic Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs; wrote an editorial for The Wall Street Journal; and was interviewed for an article in Business Week.

  • He made 40 presentations to organizations such as the American Economic Association Annual Meeting (Presidential Address) and the National Bureau of Economic Research.