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Victor R. Fuchs, MA, PhD   Download vCard
Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, Emeritus and CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member

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Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-8715
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Research Interests
universal health coverage; factors determining healthcare spending, especially the role of medical innovations, physician behavior, financial incentives and organizational structure; determinants of health, especially medical innovations, social and physical environments, socioeconomic factors and individual behaviors

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Victor Fuchs is the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, emeritus; an FSI senior fellow; and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR. He uses economic theory to provide a framework for the collection and analysis of healthcare data. He has written extensively on the cost of medical care and on determinants of health, with an emphasis on the role of socioeconomic factors. He has been particularly interested in the role of physician behavior and financial incentives in determining healthcare expenditures. His current research examines the role of attitudes and beliefs in public support for national health insurance. He is also developing a proposal for a "universal healthcare voucher" system in which all families or individuals would be given a voucher -- financed by an earmarked value-added tax -- that would guarantee them coverage in a private health plan with a standardized package of benefits, including basic health services and catastrophic coverage.

Fuchs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was president (1995) and distinguished fellow (1990) of the American Economic Association. He received the Distinguished Investigator Award (1988) and the Distinguished Fellow Award (1996) from the Association for Health Services Research, and was awarded the Baxter Foundation's Health Services Research Prize (1991). He received a BS in business administration from New York University, and an MA and PhD in economics from Columbia University. He is an honorary member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Stanford Departments
Economics; Health Research and Policy

Other affiliations
Institute of Medicine, American Economic Association; American Philosophical Society; American Academy of Arts and Sciences


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The Doctor’s Dilemma — What Is “Appropriate” Care?
Victor R. Fuchs: "Most physicians want to deliver “appropriate” care. Most want to practice “ethically.” But the transformation of a small-scale professional service into a technologically complex sector that consumes more than 17% of the nation’s gross domestic product makes it increasingly difficult to know what is “appropriate” and what is “ethical.”"
August 31, 2011 in Health Policy and Reform

Health economist Victor Fuchs looks at Who Shall Live
Thirty-seven years ago, Stanford economist Victor Fuchs, PhD, penned Who Shall Live?, a book that took basic ideas in economic theory and applied them to health and medical care in a way that hadn’t been done before. His now-classic publication has been credited with kick-starting the field of health economics.
July 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

New center seeks to find ways to deliver more health per dollar
Physician involvement is key to accelerating the adoption of new care models, wrote Milstein and Victor Fuchs, PhD, professor emeritus of economics and of health research and policy, in a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.
June 3, 2011 in Stanford Medical Center Report

Stanford's Victor Fuchs on the need for "value-conscious" biomedical innovations
In an article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Stanford health economist Victor Fuchs, PhD, discusses how promoting “value-conscious” biomedical innovations could curb health-care costs associated with the growing elderly population.
August 20, 2010 in Scope (blog)

Health Care Is Different — That's Why Expenditures Matter
Victor R. Fuchs: "Health care expenditures in the United States have been increasing much more rapidly than the rest of the economy over the past 30 years ..."
May 11, 2010 in Journal of American Medical Association (subscription)