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, the American Cancer Society and Arnold Ventures.
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 was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2020. Ho is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists, a board member for Community Health Choice and a member of the Community Advisory Board at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. 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.
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“Because of inflation, I think people have to make tough choices,” Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, said. “They have to decide, am I going to pay the rent? Am I going to buy food? Or am I going to get medical care that I could have now or later?”
Some hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open as borrowing costs increase. For rural hospitals that have to borrow to cover expenses, “the higher interest rates are going to be very difficult for them to manage,” said Vivan Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics.
“It’s a reasonable solution for people with minor conditions that can’t wait for primary care providers,” said Vivan Ho, Chair in Health Economics, of the boom in urgent care centers. “When you need constant management of a chronic illness, you should not go there.”