M. Kate Bundorf


M. Kate Bundorf was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Bundorf is 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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Kate Bundorf: COVID-19 And The US Healthcare System | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with M. Kate Bundorfvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Kate Bundorf Discusses COVID-19 And The US Healthcare System.

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Kate Bundorf: COVID-19 and the US Healthcare System

interview with M. Kate Bundorfvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Hoover Institution presents an online virtual briefing series on pressing policy issues, including health care, the economy, democratic governance, and national security. Briefings will include thoughtful and informed analysis from our top scholars.

KATE BUNDORF: COVID-19 and the US Healthcare System 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET

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.

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.