Karen Eggleston

All Shorenstein APARC People Institute Faculty and Researchers
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Karen Eggleston, PhD

  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Center Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
  • Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Director of the Asia Health Policy Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Deputy Director, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
  • Stanford Health Policy Associate
  • Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University, June and August of 2016
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Karen Eggleston is Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Asia Health Policy Program and Deputy Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at FSI. She is also a Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Eggleston earned her PhD in public policy from Harvard University and has MA degrees in economics and Asian studies from the University of Hawaii and a BA in Asian studies summa cum laude (valedictorian) from Dartmouth College. Eggleston studied in China for two years and was a Fulbright scholar in Korea. Her research focuses on government and market roles in the health sector and Asia health policy, especially in China, India, Japan, and Korea; healthcare productivity; and the economics of the demographic transition. She served on the Strategic Technical Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the WHO regarding health system reforms in the PRC.

Dr. Eggleston is currently researching Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation, The Impact of Robots on Nursing Home Care in Japan, Innovation for Healthy Aging, Addressing Health Disparities in China, and Net Value in Diabetes Management.

In The News

n elderly Chinese man pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair through a local shopping mall in Beijing, China

In China, Health Care Utilization Increases at Retirement, a New Study Shows

The study’s co-authors, including Karen Eggleston, find that health care expenditures among Chinese covered by relatively generous health insurance significantly increase at retirement, primarily due to an increase in the number of outpatient visits.
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A New Validated Tool Helps Predict Lifetime Health Outcomes for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Chinese Populations

A researcher team, including APARC's Karen Eggleston, developed a new simulation model that supports the economic evaluation of policy guidelines and clinical treatment pathways to tackle diabetes and prediabetes among Chinese and East Asian populations, for whom existing models may not be applicable.
A parent holds a child waiting to be given an infusion at an area hospital in China.

In China, Better Financial Coverage Increases Health Care Access and Utilization

Research evidence from China’s Tongxiang county by Karen Eggleston and colleagues indicates that enhanced financial coverage for catastrophic medical expenditures increased health care access and expenditures among resident insurance beneficiaries while decreasing out-of-pocket spending as a portion of total spending.