Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Anna Sinaiko, MPP, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Health Economics and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Sinaiko conducts research on the impact of information and incentives on individual behavior in health care settings and the implications of this behavior for U.S. health policy. One area of her work has focused on improving our understanding of consumer health plan choice. Her research investigates the mechanisms consumers use to select health plans, sources of challenges associated with health plan choice, and the impact of choice architecture, context and characteristics on those mechanisms. Specific projects have focused on health insurance choice in the Medicare program, in employer-sponsored insurance settings, and in the health insurance marketplaces.
The impact of changes in individual incentives, such as through insurance benefit design, and of efforts to increase transparency in health care is another area of work. She conducted the first major evaluation of tiered physician networks on patient experience and choices, finding that this managed care network design channeled patients to preferred physicians, and led to lower health care spending. Her evaluations of increasing efforts to bring price transparency to health care settings have revealed that low rates of U.S. consumers are shopping for health care based on price, even among enrollees in high-deductible health plans. Her current projects to continue to investigate whether policies that aim to encourage patients and their caregivers to make higher value choices achieve their desired goals.
Dr. Sinaiko’s research and commentaries have been published in leading journals including Health Affairs, JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of Health Economics, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She is a member of the MPH Steering Committee at the Harvard Chan School and is the Health Policy Field of Study leader in the Harvard Chan School’s MPH-45 program.
Dr. Sinaiko received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a PhD in Health Policy (concentration Economics) from Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, she was a Research Fellow in Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard Chan School and since 2013, she has been a Research Scientist in the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management.
Faculty webpage: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/anna-sinaiko/