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Podcast 93: A True Outlook on American Health Insurance with Christopher Robertson

Mar 19, 2020


Today on Health Care Rounds, we welcome Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. With his diverse background in law and economics, Chris offers a unique and thoughtful perspective on the American health care system. In this episode, he offers unique insights about the unwarranted effects of co-pays and co-insurance on health care utilization and quality of care. John and Chris also discuss COVID-19 and the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic here and abroad. Chris is the author of Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What can be Done About It, recently published by Harvard University Press.



In this episode

Christopher Robertson

Christopher Robertson is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. He is also research director for the Health Law Monitoring Committee of the Uniform Law Commission, and a principal with Hugo Analytics, a provider of scientific services to litigators. In 2019 Harvard University Press published his book, Exposed:  Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What can be Done About It. Robertson has co-edited two prior books, Nudging Health: Behavioral Economics and Health Law (2016) and Blinding as a Solution to Bias: Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law (2016). Robertson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and earned a doctorate in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law, and the London School of Economics. He will join Boston University in Fall 2020.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group, a health care market intelligence firm specializing in health care delivery systems. He’s a two-time health care entrepreneur, and his first company, FaxWatch, was listed twice on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing American companies. John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade.

John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, and is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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