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Anne A. Scitovsky Health Economist Died at age 96 years, peacefully in her home with family members around her, on January 16, 2012. Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany in 1915, Anne, along with her family, moved to this country in 1930 when she was 15 years old. She originally planned to become a physician before switching to economics. Anne completed her Masters in Economics at Colombia University in 1941. Through the 50's and early 60's she was a homemaker and mother raising her daughter, Catherine Eliaser. Anne went back to work in 1963 when she was invited to join the staff of the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation to develop a research program on the economics of medical care. Anne stayed with the research foundation for over 30 years, conducting various studies in the field of health economics, helping to identify major areas of medical cost increases from general medical expenses through the costs incurred during the last year of life of both the elderly and persons with Aids. She is nationally recognized for her careful patient-by-patient analysis of cost and treatment patterns, decisions points and long term trends. Anne's research has impacted both public and private health care policies. Anne was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the President's Commission on Ethical Problems in Medicine during the Carter administration, on the faculty of UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies headed by Philip R. Lee, M.D. and served on many national committees on medical care costs. Anne loved learning. She was an avid reader and conversationalist, enjoying art, music, and traveling the world. She was blessed with many wonderful friendships throughout her long life. Anne is survived by her daughter Catherine Eliaser and son-in-law Peter Eliaser of Marin Co., grandson, Nicholas Visse of Santa Clara, step-grandson, Jason Eliaser of San Diego and nephews Peter and Michael Hambro of Norway. A celebration of her life will be held in early summer of this year.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2012
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