Rashi Fein, D.LITT., PH.D.

Professor of Economics of Medicine, Emeritus
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Prof. Fein’s work has included: benefit-cost analysis, health care financing, health care workforce policy, cost containment, the financing of medical education, and health care reform. His most recent book, Learning Lessons: Medicine, Economics, and Public Policy (2010), is a collection of “stories,” narratives of events that he participated in or witnessed, which help to illustrate the way public policy positions are developed, the kinds of dilemmas that policy advisors often encounter, and the need for balance in many areas where there is no right or wrong, but where alternatives have different advantages and disadvantages. In addition, Dr. Fein continues to study the issues related to universal insurance in the United States and remains especially interested in examining the various state and federal proposals for universal coverage.

Books by Rashi Fein:

  • Economics of Mental Illness, Basic Books, 1958.
  • The Doctor Shortage: An Economic Diagnosis, The Brookings Institution, 1967.
  • Financing Medical Education: An Analysis of Alternative Policies and Mechanisms (with Gerald I. Weber), McGraw Hill, 1971.
  • A Right to Health: The Problem of Access to Primary Medical Care (with Charles Lewis and David Mechanic), John Wiley & Sons, 1976.
  • Employment Impacts of Health Policy Developments (with Christine Bishop), Special Report No.11, National Commission for Manpower Policy, 1976.
  • Alcohol in America: The Price We Pay. California: Care Institute, 1984.
  • Medical Care, Medical Costs: The Search for a Health Insurance Policy, Harvard University Press, 1986, 1989.
  • The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and What It Will Take To Get Out (with Julius B. Richmond), Harvard University Press, 2005.
  • Learning Lessons: Medicine, Economics, and Public Policy, Transaction Publishers, 2010.

Rashi Fein is professor of Economics of Medicine, Emeritus. He is a charter member of the Institute of Medicine, and a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.  He was a member of the economics faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a senior staff member of President Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisers, and a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution's Economics Program. He served as chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program from 1994 to 2002 and is current chair emeritus. 

Dr. Fein has been the recipient of the John M. Russell Medal for the Advancement of Knowledge in Medicine and the Martin E. Rehfuss Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine.

  1. Fein R. Values in health policy and health services research. March 10, 2010. Health services research.

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  2. Richmond JB, Fein R. Health insurance in the USA. September 26, 2003. Science (New York, N.Y.).

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  3. Fein R. Universal health insurance--let the debate resume. August 13, 2003. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  4. Fein R. The academic health center: some policy reflections. May 10, 2000. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  5. Fein R. Changing perceptions, changing reality. October 1, 1999. Journal of health politics, policy and law.

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  6. Fein R. Assessing the proposed Medicare reforms. December 28, 1995. The New England journal of medicine.

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  7. Richmond JB, Fein R. The health care mess. A bit of history. January 4, 1995. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  8. Douglass C, Fein R. Financing dental education. January 1, 1995. Journal of dental education.

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  9. Fein R. Health care reform. November 1, 1992. Scientific American.

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  10. Fein R. Access to health care: UNY Care and universal health insurance. March 1, 1992. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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  11. Fein R. The Health Security Partnership. A federal-state universal insurance and cost-containment program. May 15, 1991. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  12. Fein RA, Appelbaum KL, Barnum R, Baxter P, Grisso T, Leavitt N. The designated forensic professional program: a state government-university partnership to improve forensic mental health services. January 1, 1991. Journal of mental health administration.

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  13. Fein R. Entitlement to health services reappraised. July 1, 1990. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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  14. Fein R. For profits: a look at the bottom line. January 1, 1990. Journal of public health policy.

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  15. Fein R. Forum: allocation, misallocation and reallocation of health care resources. Interview by Merit Kimball. May 1, 1988. Health cost management.

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  16. Fein R. Toward adequate health care. January 1, 1988. Dissent.

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  17. Fein R. Wilbur J. Cohen 1913-1987. An ombudsman for America. January 1, 1987. The Milbank quarterly.

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  18. Fein R. Health policy: what can we learn from Ma Bell? January 1, 1987. Harvard dental alumni bulletin.

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  19. Fein R. Wilbur J. Cohen 1913-1987. An ombudsman for America. January 1, 1987. The Milbank quarterly.

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  20. Fein R. Equity, efficiency needed in health care for financial as well as moral reasons. December 1, 1985. Business and health.

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  21. Fein R. Choosing the arbiter. The market or the government. July 11, 1985. The New England journal of medicine.

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  22. Fein R. Regulation vs. competition. January 1, 1985. Medical group management.

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  23. Fein R. Sounding boards. What is wrong with the language of medicine? April 8, 1982. The New England journal of medicine.

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  24. Fein R. Regionalization of health services-a pressing need? March 1, 1982. Israel journal of medical sciences.

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  25. Fein R. Effects of cost sharing in health insurance. A call for caution. December 17, 1981. The New England journal of medicine.

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  26. Fein R. Health manpower: challenge for the Eighties. May 1, 1981. The Yale journal of biology and medicine.

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  27. Fein R. Medicine and government: a commencement address. July 24, 1980. The New England journal of medicine.

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  28. Fein R. Social and economic attitudes shaping American health policy. January 1, 1980. The Milbank Memorial Fund quarterly. Health and society.

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  29. Fein R. The NHI debate: the balance of competing interests. April 1, 1979. Hospital progress.

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  30. Fein R. From reform to relativism: commentary. January 1, 1979. The Milbank Memorial Fund quarterly. Health and society.

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  31. Fein R. But, on the other hand: high blood pressure, economics and equity. March 31, 1977. The New England journal of medicine.

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  32. Fein R. Health manpower: some economic considerations. October 1, 1976. Journal of dental education.

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  33. Fein R. Issues in primary care: the policy perspective. December 1, 1975. Journal of medical education.

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  34. Fein R. Some health policy issues: one economist's view. September 1, 1975. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974).

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  35. Fein R. Fiscal and economic issues. January 1, 1975. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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  36. Fein R. Tensions in medical education: the search for balance. May 1, 1974. Annals of internal medicine.

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  37. Fein R. The new national health spending policy. January 17, 1974. The New England journal of medicine.

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  38. Fein R. Priorities and decision making in health planning. January 1, 1974. Israel journal of medical sciences.

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  39. Fein R, Lee S. Medical school finances. July 28, 1972. Science (New York, N.Y.).

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  40. Fein R. National health insurance. June 1, 1971. American journal of public health.

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  41. Fein R. An economist's view of the neighborhood health center as a new social institution. March 1, 1970. Medical care.

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  42. Fein R. Medical care needs in the coming decade. March 1, 1969. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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  43. Fein R. An economist's view. Medical manpower--a continuing crisis. September 11, 1967. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  44. FEIN R. Studies on physician supply and distribution. May 1, 1954. American journal of public health and the nation's health.

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