Christopher J. Conover

Christopher J. Conover

  • Mercatus Center Affiliated Senior Scholar
  • Research Scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University

Christopher J. Conover is a Research Scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University. He has taught in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Duke School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. His research interests are in the area of health regulation and state health policy, with a focus on issues related to health care for the medically indigent (including the uninsured), and estimating the magnitude of the social burden of illness.

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Oct 03, 2012

The universal nature of Medicare is another flaw that cannot be sustained over the long run. Given the enormous hidden costs of raising every dollar of taxes—roughly 40 cents on the dollar as best I have been able to estimate—it is neither efficient nor fair to transfer payroll taxes from low-paid workers to pay for Warren Buffett’s Medicare benefits.
Aug 24, 2012

As the government intervenes more and more in our healthcare industry, the normal business model less frequently marks the path to success. Instead, connections are becoming more important than competence.
Aug 16, 2012

We have substantial solid scientific evidence that markets can work in medicine. Instead of supplanting the judgment of consumers by requiring them to buy the medical equivalent of Hondas instead of Yugos, we should empower patients and harness the extraordinary ability of Americans to find good value for their money. The prescription for our health care reform ills is economic freedom.
May 21, 2012

Some consumers and businesses might see a little extra cash this summer as a result of the 2010 health care law. What people don’t realize is that there’s a catch to this “free” money.


Christopher J. Conover

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