John C. Goodman

John C. Goodman

John C. Goodman is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on health policy. He is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the widely acclaimed book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal calls Dr. Goodman “the father of health savings accounts.” Modern Health Care says he is one of four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system.

Dr. Goodman is the author of eight other books, including Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws; and Patient Power, the condensed version of which sold more than 300,000 copies and is credited with playing a pivotal role in the defeat of Hillary Clinton’s health reform.

He has written numerous editorials in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times and many other publications and writes regularly at Dr. Goodman regularly appears on television, including CNN, CNBC and the Fox News Channel. He appeared on many William F. Buckley Jr. Firing Line shows and was Mr. Buckley’s debating partner on a number of two-hour prime time debates – including such topics as the flat tax, welfare reform and Social Security privatization. He regularly briefs members of Congress on economic policy and frequently testifies before congressional committees.

He is author or co-author of more than 50 published studies on such topics as health policy, tax reform and school choice. Dr. Goodman has an active speaking schedule and has addressed more than 100 different organizations on public policy issues.

Dr. Goodman received a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He has taught and done research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.

He received the prestigious Duncan Black award in 1988 for the best scholarly article on public choice economics.

Recent Articles by John C. Goodman

The Basic Problem for Health Insurance

The health insurance market is changing. And the changes are not good. Even before there was Obamacare, most insurers most of the time had perverse incentives to attract the healthy and avoid the sick. Now, the perverse incentives are worse than ever. Writing in the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal gives these examples: When Karen Pineman […]

What Is a Year of Life Worth? (Part 2)

In making decisions about medical care, everyone should factor in cost — patients, doctors health insurance companies and government. Consider two alternative procedures, A and B. If for each $1,000 spent on procedure A, patients gain one extra month of life whereas using procedure B costs $2,000 for the same gain, A should be preferred to B. By making the […]

What Is a Year of Life Worth? (Part 1)

Most conservatives and liberals agree that we should not consider cost in deciding whether people should undergo medical procedures that have the potential to save lives and cure diseases. Unfortunately, most conservatives and liberals are wrong. Declaring the idea of cost-effectiveness a “forbidden topic in the health care debate,” Aaron Carroll shows just how averse we are to the […]

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