(May 2011) Alan Garber is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of Medicine, of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and of Economics in the Graduate School of Business. He has been director of both the University’s Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at the School of Medicine since their founding. Garber is a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, associate director of the VA Center for Health Care Evaluation, and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He was the founding director of the Health Care Program of the NBER, a position he held for 19 years. In this interview, Garber discusses cost-effectiveness research and its importance to health care reform.

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