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Richard Scheffler Health Economics Award Recipients 2022

Congratulations to Claire Boone and Maria Dieci for co-receiving this year’s Richard Scheffler Health Economics Award for the best UC Berkeley PhD Dissertation(s) in the field of health economics!

Claire’s research interests center on health economics, health policy, and behavioral economics. She will be taking on a postdoctoral position at the University of Chicago next year. Read more about Claire here.

Maria’s research interests focus on global health and development economics. She will be taking on an Assistant Professor position next year in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Emory University. Read more about Maria here.

Richard Scheffler Quoted in NBC News on For-Profit Healthcare Firms

U.S. healthcare is increasingly pivoting towards for-profit management.

“‘There’s a reason private equity firms have invested in companies staffing hospital emergency departments,’ said Richard M. Scheffler, a professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

‘The money in the hospital is in the ER,’ he said. ‘It is the biggest net generator and a huge profit center for almost all hospitals.’ The problem, he said, is that ‘ER doctors are being told how to practice medicine’ by financial managers.”

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NBC News Cites Petris Study on Private Equity

The detrimental effects of private equity are recently exemplified in a dermatologist’s practice in Michigan, USA.

“The private equity business model is fundamentally incompatible with sound health care that serves patients,” concluded a paper in May co-authored by Richard M. Scheffler, professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; Laura M. Alexander, the vice president of policy at the American Antitrust Institute, a nonprofit organization; and James R. Godwin, a Ph.D. candidate at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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