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Victor R. Fuchs, MA, PhD

Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, Emeritus and CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member

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August 20th, 2012

Stanford experts propose new ideas for governments dealing with old age

CHP/PCOR, Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, AHPP News

Stanford health economists Karen Eggleston and Victor Fuchs offer an innovative view of the global aging phenomenon in an article published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Read more »



August 18th, 2010

Fuchs publishes perspective on biomedical innovation's role in longevity and value-consciousness

CHP/PCOR Announcement

Stanford Health Policy core faculty Victor Fuchs's commentary New Priorities for Future Biomedical Innovations in the August 19, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine focuses on making biomedical innovation value-conscious and committed to improving older Americans' quality of life. Since the 1950s, survivorship rates of Americans over the age of 65 have more doubled to 81 percent. Biomedical innovation, Fuchs writes, has been vital to this shift but it has also bled our economy-- responsible for health expenditure's 30 year rate of growth that is 2.8% per year more rapid than the rest of the economy. As Americans are living longer and collecting more entitlements that further hurt the economy, Fuchs writes that the United States needs to shift its focus to value-conscious biomedical innovation that aims to improve the quality of life. By being value-conscious in assessing which innovations are worth undertaking, only those that affect quality of care, cost of care and the value of care would be dubbed acceptable



January 13th, 2010

Fuchs publishes collection of articles on health reform

CHP/PCOR Announcement

The Stanford Institute for Economic Research (SIEPR) has released a collection of core faculty Victor Fuchs' articles on achieving meaningful health reform in the United States. The group of articles were originally published by national health journals and include Fuchs' take on what steps the Obama Administration must take to create a sustainable health care system. A Collection of Articles on U.S. Health Reform includes a foreword by SIEPR director John Shoven.



December 8th, 2009

Garber and Fuchs join top economists in letter to Congressional leadership about cost control measures necessary in health reform

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Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber and core faculty member Victor Fuchs joined over two dozen economists in a letter to Senator Harry Reid. The economists-- including four Nobel Laureates-- laid out four elements in the current draft bill that they identified as "crucial to health reform." These include (1) deficit neutrality, (2) an excise tax on high insurance premiums, (3) an independent Medicare commission and (4) delivery system reform. Read more »



November 17th, 2009

In letter to President Obama, Garber and Fuchs join top economists urging four elements necessary to control costs in health care legislation

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Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber, core faculty Victor Fuchs and associate faculty Kenneth Arrow joined two dozen economists in signing a letter to President Barack Obama urging cost controlling measures be included in health care legislation. The four key measures they outlined in their three-page memo are (1) deficit neutrality; (2) an excise tax on high-cost insurance plans; (3) an independent Medicare commission; and (4) delivery system reforms.





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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)