Health Care Thoughts: What is a "health care economist."

by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt

Health Care Thoughts: What is a “health care economist.”

During the past three years I have met several young “health care economists.” Clearly this is a hot topic.

I try to be helpful when appropriate, but I often become quite skeptical, and often subtly ask some questions to test expertise. The answers are often disappointing.

What should one know to be a “____________  economist” (trade, labor, health care) and who does the vetting?

I do not expect young economists to know the system at the detail level I do, nor do I expect them to be a Uwe Reinhardt, but how can we tell who is really qualified to claim a title of health care economist.

Your thoughts?