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Laurence C. Baker

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Laurence C. Baker

Professor, Health Research and Policy
Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University
healthcare technology
Internet and health care
managed care and its effects on the healthcare system
patient safety
physician incomes and career choices


Dr. Laurence Baker is an associate professor of health research and policy, and a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University. He is an economist interested in the organization and economic performance of the U.S. healthcare system. His research focuses on the effects of managed care on the healthcare system, the effects of regulation on healthcare markets, the determinants and effects of technological change in medicine, the culture of patient safety in U.S. hospitals, physicians' incomes and career choices, and how the Internet and e-mail influence healthcare delivery and outcomes. He received his B.A. from Calvin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Stanford University Department of Health Research & Policy
Redwood Building, T110
Stanford  California  94305
United States
Office Phone: 
(650) 723-4098
Office Fax: 
(650) 723-1919


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