Irene Papanicolas

In A Nutshell

 Irene Papanicolas investigates why health care in the United States costs so much more than it does in other developed countries.

About Irene

Irene Papanicolas assesses the performance of health care systems across the globe. From analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of different health systems to evaluating their efficiency and responsiveness, Irene’s research is dedicated to helping advance our understanding of the intricacies of healthcare economics. Currently, Irene is an associate professor of health economics in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and a visiting scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and policy documents produced by the European Observatory of Health Systems and Policies, the WHO, and the European Commission. Irene has also worked closely with national governments and international organizations to inform policy makers on issues related to health system performance assessment.

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"Health System Efficiency: How to Make Measurement Matter for Policy and Management." 2016.

Health care spending in the United States and other high-income countries.” JAMA. 2018.

The challenges of using cross-national comparisons of efficiency to inform health policy.” Eurohealth. 2017.

Measuring and forecasting quality in English hospitals.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. 2017.

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