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Gerald Kominski

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Gerald Kominski

Associate Director
Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA School of Public Health
health care costs and expenditures
health insurance


Dr. Gerald Kominski is a professor in the department of health services. He received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. His current research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care programs and technologies improving access and health outcomes among ethnic and vulnerable populations, and developing models for forecasting population health. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 1989, he served as a staff member for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) in Washington, D.C., a congressional agency that monitored and developed Medicare hospital payment. He is co-editor of the widely used textbook, "Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management," which was published in its second edition in 2001.

Box 957143
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Los Angeles  California  90095
United States
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