PHC Lunch Series Recap – Zack Cooper

Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Economics and of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is also a fellow with the Institution for Social Policy Studies and a faculty associate at the London School of Economics. 

On February 21, 2014, the Public Health Coalition hosted Zach Cooper for a lunch on his current work, which asks whether markets function in the domain health care domain. He focused on his research of the public response to the British government’s introduction of a health care market in 2000, altering the popular British National Health Service of years past. His guiding question was whether competition increased hospital quality and decreased the prices of health care, which is a core question in US health policy. Cooper found that hospital competition decreased hospital mortality rates, which he argues should be taken into consideration in current US health policy debates that will continue over the incoming years.