Dov Chernichovsky /
Principal Researcher and Health Policy Program Chair

Dov Chernichovsky (Ph.D. Economicsis a professor in emeritus of health economics and policy in the Department of Health Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  He is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the USA, the Chair of the health policy program at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, and the Chairman of the Israeli National Nutrition Security Council. Dov has been consulting for the World Bank, where he was a staff member, has served on the board of the Israeli Cancer Society, the Israeli Family Planning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Education in Israel. He is a member of the Baxter Prize advisory board and the editorial boards of several journals. Dov has helped establish educational and research programs in health economics and related fields in Israel.  He articulated a framework for studying health systems, known as the Emerging Paradigm; the applications of Hedonic Prices and Fuzzy Logic to the study of financing of health systems; and formulating the (no) effect of aging on aggregate healthcare costs over time. Dov was a member Israeli State (Blue Ribbon/Royal) Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Health Care System between 1998-1990. This commission outlined the reform proposal that led to the national health insurance legislation that was enacted in Israel in 1995. In 2000-2002 he served on another similar commission that prompted further reform proposals to the Israeli system. He subsequently became a health system advisor to the Israeli parliament. On behalf of the World Bank, he worked in Botswana, India, and Indonesia, and played a vital role in health system reform formulations in Romania, Russia, and now in Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica. In Russia, he helped to formulate the health insurance legislation underlying the current Russian health system.