Charles E. Phelps

Charles E. Phelps received his BA in Mathematics from Pomona College in 1965, an MBA (Hospital Administration) in 1968 and PhD (Business Economics) in 1973 from the University of Chicago. Phelps began his research career at the RAND Corporation in 1971. During his time there, he helped found the RAND Health Insurance Study and served as Director of RAND’s Program on Regulatory Policies and Institutions. In 1984, Phelps moved to the University of Rochester, with appointments in the Departments of Economics and Political Science. From 1984–1989, he served as Director of the Public Policy Analysis Program. In 1989, Professor Phelps became chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Rochester. In 1994, Professor Phelps was appointed as Provost (Chief Academic Officer) of the University of Rochester, a position he held until August, 2007. At that time, he was named University Professor and Provost Emeritus, positions he now holds. In 1991, Professor Phelps was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and also as Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Phelps has served on the Board of Trustees of the Council of Library and Information Resources (1998–2006, Chair 2004–2006) and the Center for Research Libraries (2004–2010). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of VirtualScopics, Inc. He also serves as consultant to Gilead Sciences and CardioDX, and is a member of the Working Group on Health Care Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


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Eight Questions You Should Ask About Our Health Care System

Author: Charles E. Phelps
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1054-9

Charles E. Phelps provides a comprehensive look at our health care system, including how the current system evolved, how the health care sector behaves, and a detailed analysis of "the good, the bad, and the ugly" parts of the system—from technological advances (the "good") to variations in treatment patterns (the "bad") to hidden costs and perverse incentives (the "ugly"). He shows that much of the cost of health care ultimately derives from our own lifestyle choices and thus that education may well be the most powerful form of health reform we can envision.

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