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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Americans Are 'Winning' On Health Care As Trump Administration Chips Away At ObamaCare

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, August 6, 2018

Americans keep winning on health care reform. The public may only hear about a bungling Congress that could not repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – aka ObamaCare – even though it has been imploding on its own.

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Bottling Up Drug Prices

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Medicine will just keep getting more expensive until we do something obvious: introduce price competition.

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About Health Savings Accounts

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Reformed HSAs represent a clear pathway to affordable, quality care for everyone.

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Health Savings Accounts For Everyone

by Scott W. Atlasvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

[Subscription Required] Despite failing to repeal and replace ObamaCare fully, health-care reform is progressing under President Trump. The individual mandate is nullified. The administration has permitted more low-cost “limited duration” insurance plans, and more small businesses now have access to association health plans. The next step should be to expand and improve health savings accounts.

Expanding and Incentivizing Health Savings Accounts: A Critical Reform For Broadly Available, High Quality Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia United States Congress Joint Economic Committee
Friday, June 8, 2018

On Thursday, June 7, Scott Atlas testified before the Joint Economic Committee at a hearing titled "The Potential for Health Care Savings Accounts to Engage Patients and Bend the Health Care Cost Curve."

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An Overlooked Key To Lower Drug Prices

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Policies aimed at reducing costs must not restrict supply, jeopardize quality, or inhibit innovation.

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Soaring Drug Prices? Here's How To Control Them

by Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has identified his main priorities. At the top of his list is lowering prescription drug prices.

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Aggressive Deregulation Is The Key For Competition-Based, Health-Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia The Hill
Monday, March 19, 2018

Contrary to the prevailing narrative, health care reform is alive and progressing. The public only hears about a bungling Congress that cannot repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a law that is already imploding on its own. This administration continues to implement strategic deregulation that will lower the cost of medical care and insurance through competition.

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The Reform Less Traveled

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Want to broaden access to health care? Bring down costs—by turning patients into smart consumers. 

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The Path To Affordable Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Incentivize consumers to seek value, increase the supply of care, and stimulate competition among providers.

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Featured Publication: Restoring Quality Health Care

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