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Researcher Studies The Economic Impact Of Medicaid In Oregon

Kate Baicker, Harvard professor and health economist, shares her scientific research on insuring the uninsured.


Health economist Kate Baicker, is currently a professor at Harvard, but also the incoming Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Baicker discusses the supply and demand of health care and how her Oregon health care experiment studied how health coverage works at the state level.

“We had this amazing opportunity in Oregon to bring really rigorous scientific evidence to bare on what the Medicaid program is actually doing,” she said, describing the perfect randomized selection of people as a data set. “Oregon had a waiting list for it’s Medicaid program in 2008…so they drew names by lottery from the waiting list.”

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