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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Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, was interviewed about her latest study comparing prices at three Houston-area hospitals: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. She found that mean hospital prices were highest at Methodist and lowest at St. Luke's for both BCBSTX and UnitedHealthcare PPO coverage.
While health care costs will drop under the new spending bill, "we don’t know by how much" and who will see the savings, Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, said. "It depends on which drugs are included" in price negotiations.