Scott W. Atlas

David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow
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Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Health Care Policy. He investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, pricing, and innovation in health care, and he is a frequent policy adviser to government leaders in those areas. Dr. Atlas’s most recent books include Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost (Hoover Institution Press, 2016) and In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America’s Health Care System (Hoover Institution Press, 2011). Dr. Atlas has been interviewed by or has published in a variety of media, including BBC Radio, the PBS NewsHour, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Fox News, London’s Financial Times, Brazil’s Correio Braziliense, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, and Argentina’s Diario La Nacion. Dr. Atlas also advises entrepreneurs and companies in the life sciences, medical technology, and health information technology sectors. 

Dr. Atlas is also the editor of the leading textbook in the field, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine, being published in its fifth edition and previously translated from English into Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has been an editor, an associate editor, and a member of the editorial and scientific boards of many journals as well as national and international scientific societies during the past three decades and has written more than 120 scientific publications in leading journals. As professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 until 2012 and during his prior academic positions, Dr. Atlas trained more than one hundred neuroradiology fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field throughout the world.

Dr. Atlas received a BS degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine

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How Medicaid Fails The Poor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Patients enrolled in the program experience nearly the same outcomes as those without insurance.

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The Right Cure To Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s time to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority. 

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The Myth Of Medicare's Excellence, And How To Fix It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Health
Friday, April 29, 2016

As the population ages and risk factors like obesity continue to compound, Americans will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Among Democratic candidates for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders espouses “Medicare-for-all,” and Secretary Hillary Clinton fights against private options for seniors, while Republican candidate positions remain vague. 

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The Impending Disaster Of Health Care Supply

by Scott W. Atlasvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, April 29, 2016

The Affordable Care Act’s regulations, mandates and taxes have pushed health care in the wrong direction. Along with higher premiums and costly expansion of failing public programs, increasing consolidation among insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and doctor practices reduces competition, hurts consumers and raises prices to patients by thousands of dollars per year.

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Better Ideas, Stat

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Just as predicted, patients are facing higher costs, fewer choices, and swelling bureaucracy. ObamaCare needs urgent care.

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How To Fix The Scandal Of Medicaid And The Poor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Many doctors won’t take the insurance, and the care patients do receive is inferior. Here’s a solution.

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Rescuing ObamaCare

by Scott W. Atlas, John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The best cure? High-deductible plans and health savings accounts.

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Under Obamacare, Hospitals Merge, Doctors Merge, And Patients Pay More For Less

by Scott W. Atlasvia National Review
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Years after the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the American people, the health-care industry, and the courts still struggle to navigate the law.

Healthcare Costs
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Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six Point Plan For Comprehensive Reform At Lower Cost

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Health
Monday, November 9, 2015

The current trajectory of the health system threatens its sustainability. Instead of the trade-off "take away benefits or raise taxes," I propose a six-point plan that restores the appropriate incentives to increase health care quality and simultaneously reduce its costs.

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Restoring Quality Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, October 26, 2015

Time is of the essence. America’s aging population will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Although extraordinary advances in technology offer great promise, the current trajectory of the health system, particularly under Obamacare, threatens both the sustainability of the system and the innovation essential to reaching its full potential.

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Featured Commentary: In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care

In Excellent Health:  Setting the Record Straight on America's Health Care