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Emily Adrion

Emily Adrion
Dr Emily Adrion Ph.D., M.Sc.
Lecturer, Global Health Policy
3.26 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Health policy, Health politics, Health systems, Health Insurance, Health services research, Health Financing, Health care utilisation, Health care for older adults, Health economics


Note: Dr. Adrion is on sabbatical through January 2020 and will not be holding guidance and feedback hours during this period.

Background and Research Interests

Emily's broad research interests include health care costs and utilisation, public and private health insurance markets, managed care, and health care financing. She is particularly interested in patient out-of-pocket spending on medical care, and has expertise in quantitative methods and large database analysis. Emily’s current work centers on the intersection between out-of-pocket spending, health insurance market structure, and treatment decisions.

Prior to joining the Global Health Policy Unit at University of Edinburgh, Emily was a Research Fellow at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan Medical School where she worked on health care costs, and patient out-of-pocket spending.

Emily received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she holds an M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. 

Emily's research has been covered by news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, and the Chicago Tribune.  

Recent Publications

Adrion ER.“Competition and Health Plan Quality in the Medicare Advantage Market.” Health Services Research. (2019) 00:1-11.

Adrion ER, Kocher KE, Nallamothu BK, Ryan AM. "Rising Use Of Observation Care Among The Commercially Insured May Lead to Total And Out-Of-Pocket Cost Savings." Health Affairs. (2017) 36(12):2102-2109. Available at: 

Adrion ER, Ryan AM, Seltzer AC, Chen LM, Ayanian JZ, Nallamothu BK. “Out-of-Pocket Spending for Hospitalizations Among Nonelderly Adults.” JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016) 176(9):1-8. Available at:

Harrison KL, Adrion ER, Sudore RA, Ritchie CS, Smith A. “Low Completion and Disparities in Advance Care Planning Activities Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries.” JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016) Available at:

Adrion ER, Aucott J, Lemke K, Weiner JP. “Health care costs, utilization and patterns of care following Lyme Disease.” PLoS One. (2015) 10(2): e0116767. Available at:

Robles S, Adrion E, Anderson GF. “Premature adult mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCD) in middle-income countries: do NCD programs matter?” Health Policy and Planning. (2012) 27(6): 487-498. Available at: