Learn more about Steffie Woolhandler

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler has earned degrees from Stanford University (BA Economics), LSU Medical Center (MD), and U.C. Berkeley (MPH) as well as an honorary degree from Harvard (MA). She has worked as a primary care internist for decades, has authored over a hundred scientific articles on health and health care policy, and is a well-known advocate for non-profit, single-payer national health insurance. She is currently a professor of public health at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.

Recent Posts by Steffie Woolhandler

Quality Improvement: ‘Become Good At Cheating And You Never Need To Become Good At Anything Else’

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has trumpeted the recent drop in hospital readmissions among Medicare patients as a major advance for patient safety. But lost amidst the celebration is the fact that hospitals are increasingly "observing" patients (or treating returning...

The Post-Launch Problem: The Affordable Care Act’s Persistently High Administrative Costs

The roughly $6 billion in exchange start-up costs pale in comparison to the ongoing insurance overhead that the ACA has added to our health care system -- more than a quarter of a trillion dollars through 2022.

Health Care Equity Needed To Fight Ebola

Faced with the daunting realities of the Ebola epidemic, health care professionals across the U.S. raised their collective voice to advocate for equity as a key weapon against Ebola, signing the Health Professionals’ Petition Regarding Emergency Measures for Ebola Control.

Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion: The Health And Financial Impacts

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to increase access to health insurance by: 1) requiring states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) ($19,530 for a family of three in 2013), with the cost of expanded eligibility...

Medicare’s Rollout vs. Obamacare’s Glitches Brew

Editor's note: In addition to Steffie Woolhandler (photo and bio above), this post is authored by David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at the City University of New York, a visiting professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a cofounder of Physicians for a National Health...

The Uninsured After Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act: A Demographic And Geographic Analysis

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) proposed expanding health insurance coverage by: 1) requiring states to offer Medicaid to people with incomes up to 138 percent (133 percent plus a 5 percent income disregard) of the federal poverty level (FPL), with most of this expansion funded federally; and 2)...

Will Pay For Performance Backfire? Insights From Behavioral Economics

Editor's note: In addition to Steffie Woolhandler and Dan Ariely (photos and linked bios above), this post is authored by David Himmelstein, a professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Paying for performance (P4P) has strong intuitive appeal. Common sense and rigorous...

The Effect Of Physicians’ Electronic Access To Tests: A Response To Farzad Mostashari

Our recent Health Affairs article linking increased test ordering to electronic access to results has elicited heated responses, including a blog post by Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT.  Some of the assertions in his blog post are mistaken.  Some take us to task for...

March 12, 2012Costs and Spending, Health IT