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Dan Polsky

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Carey Business School

Languages spoken

  • English

Dan Polsky is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Hopkins, Polsky served as executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics from 2012 - 2019 and was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. His research seeks advanced understanding of the cost and quality tradeoff of health care intervention that address care, access, coverage, and payment. He has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered -- especially for low-income patients.

The Pew Charitable Trust's Stateline news service quoted Polsky in an article about how expanded Medicaid funding for opioid addiction treatment has helped states cope with the epidemic. He told Stateline that commercial insurers also "stepped up to pay for more opioid treatment medications and therapy. Addiction medications are the cheapest and most effective treatment available, Polsky said. It is in the insurers' interest to cover those medications such as methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.

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