Health policy expert and economist Uwe Reinhardt dies at 80

Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, an 80-year-old health economist at Princeton (N.J) University, died Tuesday following an illness.

Here are five things to know about Dr. Reinhardt.

1. Dr. Reinhardt, born in Germany, was the James Madison professor of political economy and professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton.

2. A nationally recognized leader in healthcare economics, Dr. Reinhardt was featured in several publications, including The New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal.

3. Austin Frakt, a health economist and director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at Boston VA Healthcare System, wrote in a blog post he once called Dr. Reinhardt "'the narrator of U.S. health care policy.' Any journalist who could get hold of him for a health care story was sure to get pure gold. His wit and precision were evident in his spoken and written word. His command of English was tremendous. His ability to explain to lay audiences, legendary."

4. Dr. Reinhardt was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978. His accomplishments include helming the Association of Health Services Research as president and acting as a commissioner on the Congressional Physician Payment Review Commission from 1986 to 1995.

5. He earned his PhD from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

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