Jose J. Escarce

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Adjunct Health Researcher
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M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Ph.D. in health care systems, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School


Dr. Jose Escarce is an adjunct health researcher at the RAND Corporation. His expertise includes health economics, managed care, physician behavior, racial and ethnic disparities in care, and technological change in medicine. Dr. Escarce has studied racial differences in the utilization of surgical procedures and diagnostic tests by elderly Medicare beneficiaries and was lead investigator of a study of racial differences in care utilization among older persons that was based on the 1987 National Medical Expenditures Survey. Recent research for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference used the 1996-1998 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to assess racial and ethnic differences in public and private sources of health care expenditures in the Medicare population. Dr. Escarce was also co-investigator of a study that used interactive videodisc technology to assess the impact of patient race and gender on physician decisionmaking for patients with chest pain. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care.

Dr. Escarce's current projects address sociodemographic barriers to access in managed care organizations. He is principal investigator of a program project that uses the MEPS and is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Among other issues, the program project addresses racial and ethnic differences in access to and quality of medical care.

Dr. Escarce earned his M.D. from the University Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his Ph.D. in health care systems from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Recent Projects

  • Neighborhoods and stroke incidence
  • Cohort and acculturation effects on immigrant health
  • Effects of neighborhoods on coronary disease in women
  • Market structure and outcomes of post-acute care
  • Effects of community uninsurance on access and quality