Thomas G. McGuire
Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
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Howard Birnbaum, Bruce Strombom
Ph.D., economics, Yale University
Summary of Experience:
Professor McGuire's research focuses on the design and impact of health care payment systems; the economics of health care disparities; and the economics of mental health policy. He has contributed to the theory of physician, hospital, and health plan payment. His current research includes application of theoretical and empirical methods from labor economics to the area of health care disparities. He has analyzed the reasons behind "discrimination" by doctors and conducted empirical research to identify the contribution of the various mechanisms behind health care disparities. For more than 25 years, Dr. McGuire has also conducted academic and policy research on the economics of mental health. Dr. McGuire was the 1981 recipient of the Elizur Wright Award from the American Association of Risk and Insurance for his book Financing Psychotherapy, and he has co-chaired four NIMH-sponsored conferences on the economics of mental health. He received the 1998 Arrow Award (jointly with Albert Ma) from the International Health Economics Association. In 1991, he received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association. Dr. McGuire is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a co-editor of the Journal of Health Economics.