Miriam Laugesen is an Associate Professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Fixing Medical Prices: How Physicians are Paid
Medical care prices in the United States are not only the most expensive in the world, but there are wide variations in what physicians are paid. Doctors at the frontlines of medical care who manage complex conditions argue that they receive disproportionately lower fees than physicians performing services such as minor surgeries and endoscopies. Fixing Medical Prices goes to the heart of the U.S. medical pricing process: to a largely unknown yet influential committee of medical organizations affiliated with the American Medical Association that advises Medicare. Medicare’s ready acceptance of this committee’s recommendations typically sets o a chain reaction across the entire American health care system. For decades, the U.S. policymaking structure for pricing has reflected the influence of physician organizations. What Miriam Laugesen’s rich analysis shows is how these organizations navigate the arcane and complex work of Medicare’s advisory committee. Contradicting the story of a profession in political decline, Fixing Medical Prices demonstrates that the power of physician organizations has simply become more subtle. Laugesen’s investigation into the exorbitant cost of American medical care will be of interest to those who follow the politics of health care policy, the influence of interest groups on rate setting, and the medical profession’s past and future role in our health care system.
(from the Harvard University Press catalogue)
Awards and Recognition
- Gold Award, Legislative/Government Article, Association of American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors. Paper: Isett, K., M.J. Laugesen, and D. Cloud. 2015. “Learning from New York City: A Case study of public health policy practice in the Bloomberg Administration.” Public Voices Fellowship, The Op-Ed Project, Columbia University Cohort 2015-2016 Leonard S. Robins Best Paper Award 2014, American Political Science Association, Section on Health Politics and Policy. For best health politics paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Press and Media Mentions
- Al Jazeera America TV (live, in-studio) Baltimore Sun, Becker’s Hospital Review, Bloomberg, Consumers’ Union, Daily.com, Forbes, The Guardian (United Kingdom), International Business Times, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, Medicare Medics, MSNBC Today Health, Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Mises Institute, MLive.com, Modern Healthcare, National Post (Canada), National Public Radio: The Larry Mantel Show (KPCC Los Angeles) (live) Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC, New York) (live); Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC, New York) (live); NBC News.com, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), NY1 TV News (on camera interviews) City Health Beat (in-studio, NY1), New York Times, News Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orlando Business Journal, Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), Politico, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Science Daily, Scientific American, Star Tribune, The Listener (New Zealand), The Times of India (India), USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post.