M. Kate Bundorf

Senior Fellow

M. Kate Bundorf is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, an associate professor of health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, a Stanford Health Policy Fellow, and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economics and Policy Research. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Bundorf received MBA and MPH degrees from the University of California–Berkeley and a PhD from the Wharton School.  She was a Fulbright Lecturer and visiting professor at Fudan University School of Public Health in Shanghai, China, in 2009 and 2010. Her research, which focuses on health insurance and health-care-provider markets, has been published in leading economics and health-policy journals and has received funding from the US National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Health Care Management, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She received the 13th Annual Health Care Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management in 2007 and was a finalist for the award in 2013. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Health Economics and the International Journal of Health Economics. She has served on the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office and the Technical Review Panel for the Medicare Trustees Report.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

The Effects Of Multispecialty Group Practice On Health Care Spending And Use

by Laurence Baker, M. Kate Bundorf, Anne Beeson Royaltyvia The National Bureau Of Economic Research
Friday, July 26, 2019
U.S. physicians are increasingly joining multispecialty group practices. In this paper, we analyze how a primary care physician’s practice type – single (SSP) versus multispecialty practice (MSP) – affects health care spending and use.
In the News

Multispecialty Practices Cut Costs Among Medicare Patients With Chronic Conditions

quoting M. Kate Bundorfvia Stanford Health Policy
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Many primary-care physicians continue to join multispecialty group practices, such as the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Health Care, instead of working in their own solo practices or in practices with only other primary care doctors.

In the News

How Big Data Can Help You Choose Better Health Insurance

quoting M. Kate Bundorfvia Fast Company
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

People have a hard time making choices when it comes to health insurance, so researchers are developing tools to help patients make the best decisions. There are plenty of easy consumer choices. Paper clips: easy. Dish sponges: easy. Those products sit at one end of the spectrum. At the other end, impossibly distant, is health insurance.


Healthcare Costs
Analysis and Commentary

Vertical Integration: Hospital Ownership Of Physician Practices Is Associated With Higher Prices And Spending

by Daniel P. Kessler, Laurence Baker, M. Kate Bundorfvia Health Affairs
Monday, May 12, 2014

We examined the consequences of contractual or ownership relationships between hospitals and physician practices, often described as vertical integration.