Cathy Schoen
Senior Scholar in Residence
New York Academy of Medicine

Cathy Schoen, M.S., is a Senior Scholar in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine. She is the former executive director of the Commonwealth Fund Council of Economic Advisors and former senior vice president for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund, as well as the former research director of the Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. Her work included strategic oversight and management of surveys, research and policy initiatives to track health system performance. From 1998 through 2005, she directed the Fund's Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to joining the Fund in 1995, Ms. Schoen taught health economics at the University of Massachusetts' School of Public Health and directed special projects at the UMASS Labor Relations and Research Center. During the 1980s, she directed the Service Employees International Union's research and policy department. In the late 1970s, she was on the staff of President Carter's national health insurance task force, where she oversaw analysis and policy development. Prior to federal service, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has authored numerous publications on health policy issues, insurance, and national/international health system performance and coauthored the book, Health and the War on Poverty. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Smith College and a graduate degree in economics from Boston College.

Fund Publications by Cathy Schoen











Harnessing Health Care Markets for the Public Interest: Insights for U.S. Health Reform from the German and Dutch Multipayer Systems
December 15, 2009
Health Reform: Insights from Around the World
November 30, 2009
A Survey of Primary Care Physicians in 11 Countries, 2009: Perspectives on Care, Costs, and Experiences
November 5, 2009
Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009
October 8, 2009
Testimony--U.S. Health Reforms to Improve Access, Outcomes and Value: International Insights and Innovative Policies
October 1, 2009
Paying the Price: How Health Insurance Premiums Are Eating Up Middle-Class Incomes--State Health Insurance Premium Trends and the Potential of National Reform
August 20, 2009
Rite of Passage? Why Young Adults Become Uninsured and How New Policies Can Help, 2009 Update
August 6, 2009
Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Health Reform
July 27, 2009
How Health Care Reform Can Lower the Costs of Insurance Administration
July 16, 2009
Finding Resources for Health Reform and Bending the Health Care Cost Curve
July 2, 2009
Fork in the Road: Alternative Paths to a High Performance U.S. Health System
June 24, 2009
Setting a National Minimum Standard for Health Benefits: How Do State Benefit Mandates Compare with Benefits in Large-Group Plans?
June 23, 2009
Front and Center: Ensuring that Health Reform Puts People First
June 11, 2009
Progressive or Regressive? A Second Look at the Tax Exemption for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums
May 8, 2009
Reforming Provider Payment: Essential Building Block for Health Reform
March 20, 2009
Testimony--Putting the U.S. Health System on the Path to High Performance
March 11, 2009
Testimony--Insurance Design Matters: Underinsured Trends, Health and Financial Risks, and Principles for Reform
February 24, 2009
Maintaining Health Insurance During a Recession: Likely COBRA Eligibility
January 1, 2009
Aiming High for the U.S. Health System: A Context for Health Reform
January 1, 2009














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