Susan D. Hosek

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Adjunct Senior Economist
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M.A. and A.B.D. in economics, Northwestern University; B.A. in economics, Cornell University

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Susan Hosek is an adjunct senior economist at the RAND Corporation. As a member of RAND's research staff from 1973 to 2014, her research focused on health care, other benefits, diversity, and other related issues concerning military personnel. She co-directed major studies of veterans health care (2015) and sexual orientation and military personnel policy (2010). Her research has ranged widely, including issues such as modernizing TRICARE, veterans health care, physical standards for military occupations, disability benefits, sharing of electronic health information, and the organization and management of the military health care system. She served in a number of RAND management positions: director of the Forces and Resources Policy Center, which conducts military personnel and health research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other sponsors; group manager for Economics and Statistics; and co-director of the Center for Military Health Policy Research. She served as research director of the 2007 President's Commission on Caring for America's Returning Wounded Warriors and was a member of the 2001-2003 President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans. She taught at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Carnegie Mellon University. She received her B.A. in economics from Cornell University and her M.A. in economics from Northwestern University.                 

Recent Projects

  • Restructuring the Military Health System
  • Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care
  • Physical Standards for Military Occupations

Selected Publications

Carrie Farmer, Susan Hosek, et al., Balancing Supply and Demand for Veterans' Health Care: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted Under the Veterans Choice Act, RAND (RR-1165/4), 2016 (forthcoming)

Chaitra Hardison, Susan Hosek, Anna Saavedra, Establishing Gender-Neutral Standards for Ground Combat Occupations: A Review of the Military Services’ Methods, RAND Corporation (RR-1340/2), 2016 (forthcoming)

Susan D. Hosek et al., Introducing Value-Based Purchasing into TRICARE Reform, RAND Corporation (PE-195), 2016

Bernard Rostker, Susan Hosek et al., Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy, RAND Corporation (MG-1056), 2010

President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, Serve, Support, Simplify, U.S. Government, 2007

Susan D. Hosek and Gary Cecchine, Reorganizing the Military Health System: Should There Be a Joint Command?RAND Corporation (MR-1350-OSD), 2001

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, RAND
  • Gold Medal Award, RAND
  • President's Award, RAND


  • Veterans waiting for their appointments at the VA Medical Center in El Paso, Texas

    Did We Improve Veterans Health Care? It's Unclear

    The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.

    May 24, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • A man and his physical therapist in a session

    As Congress Drafts the NDAA, What Are Options for TRICARE Reform?

    A stronger TRICARE program that provides greater value-based care in a more efficient manner could result from adopting innovations made in the private sector, while also recognizing the unique role of military treatment facilities.

    Feb 8, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Sexual Orientation and US Military Personnel Policy

    Gays in the Military: New Facts Conquer Old Taboos

    RAND's updated research on sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy played a role in the likely repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' But it also tells a story of how public opinion has shifted on the issue since we first studied it in 1993.

    Apr 29, 2011