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Devon Herrick

Devon Herrick, Ph.D., worked for the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) until it ceased operations in July 2017. He is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

Devon Herrick is a health economist who concentrates on issues such as consumer-driven health care, Internet-based medicine, telemedicine, medical tourism, emerging trends in retail medicine, and pharmaceutical economics. Dr. Herrick also studies health insurance issues, including state health care regulations, federal health reform, managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, and the uninsured. He served two terms as chair of the Health Economics Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

He worked for the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) until it ceased operations in July 2017.

While with NCPA, Dr. Herrick authored more than 100 studies and papers based on his research. Herrick is a sought-after speaker on health policy issues and is quoted widely in the press, including on radio and television. His articles and comments have appeared in hundreds of newspapers across the country. He is a coauthor, with John C. Goodman and Gerald L. Musgrave, of Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World

Dr. Herrick began his career in health care as a staff accountant with Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, Texas) in 1986. In 1989, he transferred to Baylor Center for Restorative Care, where he worked for three years as an accounting manager.

Prior to joining NCPA, Dr. Herrick was a research assistant at the Bruton Center for Development Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Bruton Center integrates geographic information systems, spatial analysis and exploratory data analysis in the social sciences, applying research on trends, forces, and public policy.

While pursuing a doctorate in 1995, Herrick came to the National Center for Policy Analysis as a policy intern.  He subsequently became manager of information systems in 1996 and research manager in 1999. Dr. Herrick was a senior fellow at NCPA from 2003 to 2017.

Recent Articles and Publications

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November 7, 2018
By James Taylor, Peter Ferrara, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande, Neal Schuerer, David L. Applegate, Arthur Viterito, Robert Bradley, Lance Izumi, Robert Maranto, Stephen B. Presser, Jameson Campaigne, Clifford Thies, Michael Warder, Mary Byrne , Jane M. Orient, M.D., Jonathan D. Haubert, Jarrett Skorup, Scott Cleland, Alieta Eck, M.D., William L. Anderson, Ann Bridges, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Michael J. Koriwchak , Devon Herrick, Bartlett Cleland, Greg R. Lawson, Peter Wood , Joe Cobb, Allen Mendenhall, Christopher Garbacz
“Liberal San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer had a very tough night last night.” - James Taylor
April 28, 2018
By Devon Herrick
In several states, lawmakers are proposing to use federal Medicaid money to set up state-administered pharmacy benefit programs.
March 12, 2018
By Devon Herrick
The other day a reporter asked me to explain why the government cannot negotiate the price of Medicare drugs lower than private drug plans run by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
February 26, 2018
By Devon Herrick
Too many politicians are willing to fleece taxpayers for political gain.
January 5, 2017
By Devon Herrick
Devon Herrick is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.
February 5, 2016
By Devon Herrick
An analysis by the National Center for Policy Analysis concludes more competition and less regulation are needed to drive drug prices down.

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