Research Scientist

Austin Frakt

Senior Research Scientist

Health Policy and Management



Would Medicare for All affect how much money people earn?

Implementing a Medicare for All system would have broad effects on the American economy, though understanding the precise impact is difficult, according to experts. In a February 3, 2020 New York Times column, Austin Frakt, senior research scientist…

The most expensive health care system in the world

The U.S. spends more on health care than all the other wealthy democracies in the world. But in spite of all that spending, life expectancy in the U.S lags behind that of its peer countries. And many Americans…

Can education improve health?

Numerous studies have found a connection between education and health. In a June 3, 2019 New York Times article, Austin Frakt of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discussed research from the past few decades suggesting that…

Are the high costs of health care in the U.S. worth it?

Despite spending more on health care than any other country, the U.S. has health outcomes that are not much better—and in many cases, are worse—than other countries. In a May 20, 2019 New York Times article, Austin Frakt,…