Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Scholarly Publications

Women Left Behind

Gender Disparities in Utilization of Government Health Insurance in India

A quarter century of ‘The Proper Scope of Government’: Theory and Applications

February 2021

A quarter-century ago in a seminal paper, Hart, Shleifer, and Vishny (NBER1996, QJE1997) developed a theory of the ‘Proper Scope of Government.’ Oliver Hart, 2016 Nobel Laureate, reflects on that...

The Effects of Chronic Disease Management in Primary Health Care: Evidence from Rural China

February 2021

Health systems globally face increasing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases, yet many - especially in low- and middle-income countries - lack strong chronic disease management in primary...

Other Publications

Disparities in health and health care in Myanmar

December 2015

Myanmar (Burma) is undergoing a complex political and economic transformation, from a long civil war and military regime to a peace process and democratisation.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2014-15

November 2015

Shorenstein APARC's center overviews provide detailed information about Shorenstein APARC's mission, history, faculty, financial support, organizational structure, projects, and programs.

Testimony on China's healthcare sector

April 2014

On April 3, 2014, Karen Eggleston provided testimony before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the "Hearing on China’s Healthcare Sector, Drug Safety, and the U.S.-China Trade...

News

APARC Announces 2022-23 Fellowships for Asia Specialists

September 2021

The Center offers fellowships for postdoctoral scholars specializing in contemporary Asia, Japan, and Asia health policy and for experts on Southeast Asia.

Why Insurance Alone May Not Improve Women's Access To Healthcare

July 2021

A new study of the Rajasthan government's Bhamashah health insurance program for poor households has found that just providing health insurance cover doesn't reduce gender inequality in...

Women Left Behind: Rajasthan Health Insurance Scheme Has a Gender Gap

April 2021

Stanford University researchers' study of Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana reveals that just expanding geographical access and reducing the cost of healthcare won't reduce gender disparity.

Events

Provider Payment Reform in China: Evidence from the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) Implementation

September 13, 2021

This paper investigates the impact of China’s reform of the system for medical payments from traditional fee-for-service to prospective payment in the form of diagnosis-related group.

Health, Healthcare, and Cooperation to “Build Back Better” in China and the US: Views from China

March 26, 2021

Co-sponsored with the Bush China Foundation This event is part of Shorenstein APARC's spring webinar series "The United States in the Biden Era: Views from Asia." The coronavirus pandemic has...

Public-Private Collaborations in Palliative Care in Asia

March 24, 2021

This event is part of the Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020-21 Colloquium series "Health, medicine, and longevity: Exploring public and private roles" We will hear from distinguished speakers...

Projects

Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020-21 Colloquium series "Health, Medicine, and Longevity: Exploring Public and Private Roles"

Health, Medicine, and Longevity: Exploring Public and Private Roles Governmental agencies and non-state actors interact within health systems in complicated and sometimes controversial ways that...
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Innovations in Primary Care

The Asia Health Policy Program is hosting a series of events in China and at Stanford during the 2014-15 academic year focusing on the topic of innovations in primary care, thanks to generous...
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Asia Health Policy Program Working Paper Series

The Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) working paper series promotes dissemination of high-quality social science research on health policy and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific region, drawing...
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Multimedia

Cognitive Decline and Household Financial Outcomes at Older Ages

May 2017

Video and transcript from the presentation, "Cognitive Decline and Household Financial Outcomes at Older Ages," on April 24, 2017, by Marco Angrisani, an economist at the University of Southern California, followed by discussion led by Kathleen...

The Impact of Taiwan's National Health Insurance's 20-year Journey: How has the market responded and will respond?

September 2016

Audio and transcript from the Asia Health Policy Program seminar, "The Impact of Taiwan's National Health Insurance's 20-year Journey: How has the market responded and will respond?" on April 19, 2016, with Karen Eggleston,  Jui-fen Rachel Lu and...

Child Gender, Living Arrangements and Maternal Labor Supply: Evidence from Rural China

September 2016

Audio and transcript from the Asia Health Policy Program seminar, "Child Gender, Living Arrangements and Maternal Labor Supply: Evidence from Rural China," on Feb.