Richard M. Scheffler, PhD is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Chair Emeritus in Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare, endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California in 1999. Scheffler’s areas of expertise include health policy and health economics, competition and regulation in health care markets, the ACA and Covered California, organization and financing of mental health services, and the global health workforce.
Scheffler is the Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare, which focuses on consumer protection, affordability, and access to health care. Recent Petris research has centered on concentration and competition within healthcare markets, and has been used to advise antitrust and regulation decisions at the state and federal level.
Scheffler has worked and advised on health policy issues nationally and internationally. He is the former Co-Chair of the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Health Care Delievery System. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, WHO, and OECD, a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar, and served as President of the International Health Economists Association 4th Congress in 2004. In 2015, Scheffler was awarded the Gold Medal for Charles University in Prague for his longstanding and continued support of international scientific and educational collaboration. He was recently awarded the Berkeley Citation for his thirty-six years of service to the University.