Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
PRL-IHPS contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service.
Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law
Learn more about the new on-line Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law Degree Program at UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law.
Hal Luft Award Winner 2018
In recognition of UCSF faculty who are engaged in health services and/or health policy research in their mentoring roles which demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Dr. Harold Luft.


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Decoding the Next Health Policy Agenda

Drew Altman,  
President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

2019 Chancellor's Health Policy Lecture

Jan 23, 12:00 - 1:00 pm,
Mission Bay campus,
Byers Hall


Dr. Margot Kushel, MD, and Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN are new directors of the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF.

UC San Francisco is partnering with the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), an interdisciplinary research consortium for physicians and nurses, to drive innovation and improvements in health equity and health care.

Dr. Margot Kushel, MD, of the School of Medicine, and faculty member of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN of the School of Nursing, and faculty member of the Healthforce Center at UCSF, are the new directors of the Program at UCSF.

The UCSF Schools of Medicine and Nursing will work with local agencies and institutions to identify regional health challenges and recruit scholars looking to address health disparities. Research projects undertaken through the program will be embedded in, and informed by, the community so that scholars will be able to make a meaningful impact, even as they receive their education.

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The average sticker price for U.S. childbirth: $32,093

The U.S. is the most expensive country in the world to give birth. But most hospitals won’t tell patients how much delivery and care costs until after the baby is born.

Why it matters: The average sticker price for childbirth in the U.S. is $32,093, and even insurance doesn’t take care of all of it. Hospitals can charge whatever they want for services, often leaving patients with a confusing list of items on the bill. For Dr. Renee Hsia, an emergency department physician and lead author of a study on California women giving birth, childbirth prices reflect the larger health care system — where high prices are “more the rule than the exception.”