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Dr. Fang’s research has focused on health economics, health management, and health policy, and specific research topics include physician agency, managed care organizations, health disparities, obesity, and substance abuse. Dr. Fang has introduced the notion of physician-enabled demand, as recent organizational changes in the health care sector promote greater patient participation in their treatment decisions. How physicians respond to patient-initiated requests for treatment is an issue of considerable policy interest. Dr. Fang finds that physician-enabled demand increases with more competition under fee-for-service reimbursement, but decreases with greater competition under managed care.
Dr. Fang has analyzed the relationship between managed care organization and physician behaviors, and has focused on the changing effects of managed care organizations on physicians’ practices, such as drug formulary uses by physicians, physician financial incentives, and physician gatekeepers. He has investigated health care disparities, such as urban-rural health disparities in China, heterogeneity in health insurance coverage among U.S. Latino populations, and observed and unobserved Latino health care access and utilization disparities. Dr. Fang has also published several articles about the relationship between substance abuse and obesity, such as smoking effect on body weight and obesity in China and alcohol consumption and body weight in the US.
- HSMP 6609: Cost Benefit/Effectiveness
- Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China, BA, Economics, 1997
- Nankai University, China, MA, Economics, 2001
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, MA, Economics, 2003
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, MPH, 2006
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, PhD, Economics, 2006