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Steven  Eastaugh

Steven Eastaugh

Former Health Policy Advisor to President Obama


Steven Eastaugh was a professor in health economics and management for 38 years at Cornell University and George Washington University. Four thousand health care leaders in the USA and around the world have had their careers shaped in part by Professor Eastaugh. He taught health economics and finance at Schools of Public Health, business schools, and medical schools. He is the author of nine books and more than 90 journal articles. Dr. Eastaugh is a nationally acclaimed speaker, consultant and agent of change who has traveled to some 36 countries as part of his health services research. In 2008-2010 he was health policy advisor to Barack Obama. In 2016-2017 he was health policy advisor to Hillary Clinton. Read More >

Professor Eastaugh has won numerous awards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives Edgar Hayhow Award for “best health care article of the year.” He also won the Marriott Award for productivity enhancement in the service sector. He has been a forceful advocate for universal affordable health insurance, which he believes can be funded through dramatic reductions in health care paperwork and administrative costs. Prior to coming teaching, he was senior staff health economist at the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Eastaugh’s main research interests include health finance and economics, capital budgeting, financial ratio analysis, profitability and liquidity, cost benefit and cost effectiveness, and technology assessment.

He has worked on four studies with the Institute of Medicine and actively works with a number of professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Operations Research Society of America.

Steven Eastaugh received his BA and MA from Harvard and a doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Understanding the Big Picture Concerning Consumer Behavior, Quality, Affordability & Your Coalition

In the new world of healthcare finance running a coalition involves the identification and satisfaction of consumer needs and provider needs. Value generation of enhanced patient outcomes involves digital apps, video and print communication so as to guide time/resources toward more effective results. As a Cornell University Professor in 1982, Dr. Eastaugh worked with the AMA American Marketing Association to "getting patients into more cost-effective channels of service distribution." Dr. Steve Eastaugh could set the stage to the current trends, including economic and social data concerning consumer behavior. And as a medical center professor for 37 years Dr. Eastaugh understands the value systems of the healthcare professionals with whom we are collaborating. Topics include the different criteria for the measurement of success; the unique challenges of consumer behavior; and provider behavior. When done correctly, a coalition makes care more affordable for consumers, and outcomes enhanced for all parties. The focus is on keeping in step with the marketplace. We must better balance all forms of service delivery and information delivery to achieve the best results for all.

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Books & Media


Health Care Finance & Economics