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Oregon Health Study
About the Study
The Oregon Health Study is a landmark, state-wide study examining the causal effect of health insurance on individuals’ access to and utilization of care, its effect on family finances, and ultimately its role in improving the health of a population. The purpose of the study is to learn about the health and health care experiences of people who were put on the Oregon Health Plan Standard reservation list in January and February of 2008.
 
The study team will be able to compare health care utilization patterns between those with insurance and those without, shedding light on the system level impacts of expanding coverage, such as the effects on cost and quality of care. Results from the Oregon Health Study will be used to help leaders in Oregon and across the country improve access to health care in the future.
 

Study Partners
The Oregon Health Study is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and policymakers in the fields of public health, economics, sociology, social work, medicine, and health policy.
 
The partners conducting the study are Providence Health and Services, Portland State University, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, the Oregon Division of Medical Assistance Programs, Oregon Health and Sciences University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University.  The study has also attracted the support of major national funders including: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the National Institute on Aging.
 

For More Information

For more information, please visit http://nber.org/oregon/.

 

Contact
 
 

Jeanene Smith OHPR Administrator 503-373-1625 jeanene.smith@state.or.us
Barbara Porter Project Manager 503-373-0883 barbara.porter@state.or.us