Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.
Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, has co-authored a new review on the United States’ health system. Published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the report is part of its Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series.
The HiT series’ country-based reports provide a detailed description of a country’s health system and of reform and policy initiatives in progress or under development. The series mainly covers the countries of the WHO European Region. This is the first time the U.S. health system has been comprehensively reviewed.
The U.S.’s adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the changes that will result make the report particularly timely.
A health economist, Barnes’ research focuses on understanding the psychology and economics of health insurance choices. He contributed to chapters and sections of the book related to financing and expenditures and also wrote sections on the organization of and regulations in the U.S. health care system.
Barnes was selected to participate as an author while completing his doctoral program in Health Policy and Management at University of California, Los Angeles. The report’s lead author is Thomas Rice, Ph.D., a professor of Health Policy and Management in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.
Barnes and his co-authors adhered to the same template that is used to describe health systems in Europe to create a report that would provide a good basis for factual comparison and performance assessment of the U.S. health system.
Originally, the audiences for these books were policy makers in European Union countries, agencies like World Health Organization and the World Bank and universities in Europe. As the effort to document health systems outside of Europe expanded, so did its audience. For example, Barnes is using the book as a text in his class on U.S. health policy.
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is hosted by the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe. It supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The book, United States of America: Health system review, is available for free electronically and is also available in print from the Observatory.