Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

In Memoriam: Philip R. Lee
April 17, 1924 - October 27, 2020
Joanne Spetz Selected as New IHPS Director!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Spetz, PhD, as the new director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS). Please join us in welcoming Joanne as the new director!
Current COVID-19 Related Research and Initiatives
IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19
 pandemic with rapid-cycle research and technical assistance.
National Clinician Scholars Program
Based at UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at UCSF aims to train the next generation of health and healthcare change agents, prepared to work in diverse settings.

mask imageThe First Annual UCSF
Health Services Research Symposium

Wednesdays, 12 - 1 pm PT
January 27 - February 17, 2021

Accelerating our Impact on Health:
Methods, Strategies, and Opportunities

Please register for webinars here

Twitter poster session #IHPS2021 January 25 - February 19, 2021 @UCSF_IHPS 

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, along with our co-sponsors, invite you to our first annual health services research symposium to be held virtually as a four-week series from January 27 to February, 17, 2021.

UCSF has had a long history of successful health services and health policy researchers who have helped to improve the health care delivery system and health and well-being overall. This event will bring together faculty, trainees, students, and postdocs to explore the latest developments and innovations in health services research. 

How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus 

Atlantic Article - Hospital Ward

The Atlantic
January 12, 2021

Interview with IHPS core faculty members, 
Janet Coffman, professor of health policy,
and Rene Hsia, an attending physician at 
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

The health-care system in California is fraying because the state has tried to run its health system efficiently. The principles are simple: Keep patients out of hospitals, funnel people to primary-care doctors, and don’t build hospitals you don’t need. In normal times, that strategy would make perfect sense. Typically, doctors’ trying to treat patients outside of hospitals is smart.

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Pricing Universal Health Care: How Much Would The Use
Of Medical Care Rise?

Adam Gaffney, David U. Himmelstein,
Steffie Woolhandler, and James G. Kahn

January 2021

The return of a Democratic administration to the White House, coupled with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic–induced contractions of job-based insurance, may reignite debate over public coverage expansion and its costs. Decades of research demonstrate that uninsured people and people with copays and deductibles use less care than people with first-dollar coverage. 

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