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Merrill Matthews

Resident Scholar

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy “think tank.” He is a health policy expert and opinion contributor at The Hill. He also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Matthews is a past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics, the largest trade association of business economists. Dr. Matthews also served for 10 years as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Human Experimentation, co-author of On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted SuicideExpanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and Stop Paying the Crooks (on Medicare fraud).  

He has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today, Forbes magazine and the Washington Times.  He was an award-winning political analyst for the USA Radio Network. 

Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.

May 21, 2020

Less Than Two-Thirds of Americans Are 'Very' or 'Somewhat' Interested in COVID-19 Vaccinations

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

If a shot becomes available, there's a good chance more people will choose to vaccinate without a government mandate.

May 20, 2020

Will Government Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?

If the government determines that vaccinations are essential to stemming the spread of the disease, would it– could it–mandate vaccination compliance? Apparently, it can—and it might.

May 19, 2020

Did Social Justice Efforts Kill Thousands of New York Seniors?

Was New York trying to send a social justice message that led to thousands of seniors in nursing homes dying of Covid-19?

May 13, 2020

Coalition Letter Regarding the Imposition of New Buy America Requirements for Medical Goods and Pharmaceutical Products

In this letter to the administration, economists from numerous organizations encourage the U.S. and its trading partners to pursue policies that make medical supplies more plentiful and affordable.

May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Is the Tax Increasers' Best Ally

Democrats see the multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus spending packages as creating their best chance in years to raise taxes. 

May 6, 2020

Predictive Models Dominate Our Lives--Not Always for the Better

All models are wrong, and some are even harmful.

May 5, 2020

Does Anyone Really Know the Number of COVID-19 Deaths?

We know COVID-19 can be deadly, but determining how deadly isn't easy—even though trillions of taxpayers dollars depend on getting it right.

May 1, 2020

Are Hospitals 'gaming the system' on COVID Cases?

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A major national newspaper is reporting that hospitals and doctors get paid more if Medicare patients are listed as COVID-19 and on ventilators.

April 28, 2020

The Coming Fire Sale of COVID-19 Ventilators

Need a ventilator—cheap? The U.S. will have thousands upon thousands of unused ones--thanks to billions of taxpayer dollars and little data to guide such policy decisions.

April 21, 2020

Destroying the Health Care System to Save it

The COVID-19 lockdowns intended to save the health care system have imposed significant challenges, and many hospitals may not survive the efforts to save them.  

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