David I. Auerbach

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston Office


Ph.D. in health economics, Harvard University; M.S. in environmental science & policy, MIT; M.S. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in chemistry, MIT

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David Auerbach is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation engaged in a number of projects in primary care, supply of health care providers (particularly nurse practitioners), delivery system reform and health care costs, and coverage effects of health reform. He is also on the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Before coming to RAND, Auerbach was a principal analyst with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the Health and Human Resources Division. He was a lead developer of the CBO's health insurance coverage microsimulation model and was a key member of the team analyzing health reform, which used the model as the foundation for estimates. While at the CBO, Auerbach co-authored papers on geographic variation in health care spending and the price elasticity of demand for non-group health insurance, the latter of which was later published in the journal Inquiry (2006).

Auerbach is also an external adjunct faculty member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University and has co-written numerous journal articles and a book on the health workforce over the last decade entitled The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States.

Auerbach has undergraduate and master's degrees from MIT (chemistry, technology and policy) and a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley (chemistry). He received his Ph.D. in health policy (economics concentration) from Harvard University.

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: American Medical News; Atlanta Journal Constitution; California Healthline; CNN; KXJZ Sacramento-Capital Public Radio; Marketplace Radio; National Journal; NurseZone.com; Politico; Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Health Affairs Blog


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    Is There Really a Physician Shortage?

    Large coverage expansions under the ACA have reignited concerns about physician shortages. These estimates result from models that forecast future supply and demand for physicians based on past trends and current practice. While useful exercises, they do not necessarily imply that intervening to boost physician supply would be worth the investment.

    Dec 6, 2013 | The Health Care Blog

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    Will ACA Implementation Lead to a Spike in Demand for Care?

    The growing number of Americans newly-insured under the ACA will undoubtedly lead to a surge in demand for care, whether through Medicaid or insurance exchanges. But, if predictions hold, the increase won't be as dramatic as some may fear, writes David I. Auerbach.

    Sep 27, 2013 | The Health Care Blog

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    Health Care Cost Growth Is Hurting Middle-Class Families

    Unfortunately, nearly every actor in our health care delivery system—hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, insurance companies and the manufacturers of drugs and devices—is currently focused on maximizing revenue growth, write Arthur Kellermann and David Auerbach.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Health Affairs Blog