In the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, health care is the leading domestic policy issue that voters want the next president to address. Americans are alarmed by the rising costs of health insurance and health care. At the same time, more than 40 million uninsured Americans are receiving inadequate care and placing increasing strains on the U.S. health care system. Part of the Baker Institute's series "Campaign 2008: The Issues Considered," this event will consider the key steps that the next president must take to reform the U.S. health care system. Key policy issues regarding health insurance coverage, controlling health care costs and financing health care reform will be discussed. The speakers will include Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of The Commonwealth Fund, and Jonathan S. Skinner, Ph.D., John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor of Economics, Dartmouth.
Speaker Vivian Ho
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality …
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.
Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.