Professor Jaime King has been named the recipient of the 2015 UC Hastings Foundation Faculty Scholarship Award.
The Foundation Faculty Award is made possible by the generosity of the UC Hastings Foundation, with matching financial support from the Chancellor & Dean Fund. The award, designed to encourage and reward faculty as they become established in their fields of scholarly research, is accompanied by an honorarium.
“Professor King is helping to shape the many debates over health care today,” says Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman. “Her research and her collaboration with medical school faculty at UCSF resulted in a white paper, Price Transparency in the Healthcare Market, which has been instrumental in adding much-needed clarity to the murky waters of health care costs.”
Professor King’s research examines some of the most complex challenges facing the U.S. health care system. “Last year, the United States spent three trillion dollars on health care, more than any other nation on earth, yet the health of Americans remains well below the average of other industrialized nations,” King says. “Our businesses strain to provide health insurance to their employees, and more and more of our wages are siphoned away from our families to pay for medical goods and services. Health care in America is highly complex and highly dysfunctional, but the passage of the Affordable Care Act makes this an opportune time to develop and implement innovative solutions. The UC Hastings partnership with UCSF creates a dynamic environment for working across disciplinary boundaries to bring about meaningful reform, and I am delighted to be a part of that effort.”
Professor Jaime S. King is the Associate Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy, the Executive Editor of The Source for Competitive Healthcare, and the Co-Director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences.
An advocate for health care reform, Professor King focuses on the drivers of costs, with a special interest in market consolidation and efforts to improve transparency in health care pricing. In conjunction with Consortium Senior Fellow, Anne Marie Helm, her research lead to the creation of The Source for Competitive Healthcare, a multi-disciplinary web-based resource for information and analysis about health care cost and competition.
Professor King’s scholarship also examines questions of individual autonomy and the states’ police powers. Specifically, she focuses on medical decision making and constitutional and regulatory questions regarding reproductive genetic testing. She has collaborated extensively with UCSF faculty to examine the legal and ethical implications of conducting whole exome sequencing on newborns.