Alain Enthoven

Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus, Stanford University

Alain Enthoven is the Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, emeritus, at Stanford University. He was one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think-tank on healthcare policy. His research focuses on the financing and delivery of health care in the United States and other industrialized nations, and cost-benefit analysis in medical care. In his numerous publications he has advocated a financially integrated healthcare delivery system that relies on market-based incentives to reduce medical costs and increase economic accountability and quality of care. He is currently working on a proposal for a “Market-based Universal Health Insurance System,” being developed for the Committee for Economic Development.

Enthoven is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former Rhodes Scholar. He is a consultant to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; chairman of the Health Benefits Advisory Council for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS); a member of the board of directors of the Integrated Health Care Association; and a former chairman of Stanford University’s Committee on Faculty/Staff Human Resources.

Enthoven was previously a visiting professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1998-99), and a Rock Carling Fellow of the Nuffield Trust of London (1999). He also served as an economist with the RAND Corporation and served as president of Litton Medical Products.

He received the Baxter Prize for Health Services Research (1994), and the Board of Directors Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (1995). In 1963, he received the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from John F. Kennedy. He received a BA from Stanford, a master’s degree from Oxford and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — all in economics.

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