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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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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Single-Payer Health Care Is A Terrible Option

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Yes, everyone has insurance, but that’s meaningless when people are dying in line for care.

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President Trump Is Right - Less Regulation And More Incentives Are The Right Path For Health Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, October 12, 2017

While there is far more to be done, President Trump has the right idea on health care reform.  The low hanging fruit is strategic deregulation, specifically rolling back the ACA-imposed requirements on health insurance that not only directly raised insurance premiums but furthered the inappropriate construct that insurance should minimize out-of-pocket payment for all medical care.  When insurance covers nearly everything, patients have little incentive to consider price of care, so doctors and hospitals don’t need to compete on price. The consequences are the overuse of health care and unrestrained costs.

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Office Hours: Scott Atlas On Single Payer

by Scott W. Atlasvia Policyed.org
Monday, October 9, 2017

Hoover Institution senior fellow Scott Atlas responds to your questions on health care reform and single payer proposals.

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The Health Reform That Hasn’t Been Tried

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ObamaCare subsidizes bloated insurance policies. Republicans should try a whole new approach.

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Why Single Payer Health Care Is A Terrible Option

by Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing. Without regard for consequences, the law expanded government insurance programs and imposed considerable federal authority over US health care via new mandates, regulations and taxes. Insurance premiums skyrocketed even as deductibles rose; consumer choices of insurance on state marketplaces have rapidly vanished; and for those with ACA coverage, doctor and hospital choices have narrowed dramatically.

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