Alan P. Sager, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Alan Sager
(617) 638-4664asager@bu.edu
Talbot – T344W
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Biography

Alan Sager specialized in health in graduate school because it looked like the easiest sector in which to win affordable equity for all Americans since so much money was already spent on medical care. (Not easy-just easier than anything else.) His main interests are health reform, combining universal coverage with cost control, improving both finance and delivery, and preserving needed physician, hospital, and long-term care services. He has studied causes and effects of urban hospital closings, finding a strong and persistent link between race of the people living near a hospital and the probability of closing. Hospital efficiency doesn't predicts survival. With his fellow-director of the Health Reform Program, Deborah Socolar '89, he has investigated the sources of high health costs in Massachusetts and designed methods to cover all uninsured residents without increasing spending. During the past decade, he and Debbie have studied the causes of high U.S. pharmaceutical prices. They have designed a "prescription drug peace treaty" that fully covers all Americans at a small added cost, while protecting and energizing drug makers' innovative research. They found that the 2003 Medicare law providing a drug benefit would boost drug makers' profits by one-third because it failed to constrain prices meaningfully. Alan designed a "time banking" method of mobilizing voluntary help for people with disabilities. By creating a market for good deeds, it allows volunteers to help others when convenient. Time would be banked.  Former volunteers who themselves needed help could trade their banked time for help from a new volunteer. Policy and research interests include equal access to health care, cost control, hospital survival, long-term care, health reform.  Alan holds a B.A. in economics from Brandeis and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning (specializing in health care) from MIT. 

Education

  • Brandeis University, BA
  • University of Miami, MEd
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM702
  • SPHPM702
  • SPHPM735
  • SPHPM735
  • SPHPM735
  • SPHPM834
  • SPHPM834
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM931

Publications

  • Published on 12/29/2016

    Alan Sager. Favorable View of Mass. Health Costs Undone by the Data. The Boston Globe. 2016.

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  • Published on 10/7/2016

    Alan Sager. Testimony on Proposed Revisions in Massachusetts Determination of Need Regulations, 105 CMR 100.000 - 100.825. Alan Sager. Boston, Mass. 2016.

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  • Published on 8/8/2016

    Alan Sager. It's Time to Confront the Drug Makers. Democracy. 2016.

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  • Published on 10/6/2015

    Alan Sager. Choosing a Boston University Health Insurance Plan for 2016. Health Reform Program. Boston, MA. 2015.

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  • Published on 2/10/2013

    Sager A. Simple steps can protect, expand primary care capacity. Med Econ. 2013 Feb 10; 90(3):68, 67. PMID: 23875277.

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  • Published on 2/20/2012

    Alan Sager. Hospital Closings: Causes, Consequences, and Responses. Boston Occupier. 2012.

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  • Published on 8/31/2011

    Alan Sager. Paying New York State Hospitals More Fairly for Their Care to Uninsured Patients. A Report to the Commission on the Public’s Health System. New York, New York. 2011; 168 pages.

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  • Published on 3/15/2010

    Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar. Massachusetts Hospital Spending Reached 55.4 per Person above the U.S. Average in 2007: Most of Excess Is Unjustified and State's Health Reform Law Is Neglible. 2010; 211 pages.

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  • Published on 3/10/2010

    Alan Sager. Why Stabilizing St. Vincent's Is Essential. The Villager. 2010; 1.

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  • Published on 2/11/2009

    Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar. This Year’s $72 Billion in Health Spending in Massachusetts Is Enough to Finance the Care that Works: Proposals to Simply Bundle Payments to Hospitals and Doctors for Individual Episodes of Care, While Reasonable and Well-intentioned, Are Not Likely to Contain Costs. 2009.

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