David Gratzer

Formerly a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, David Gratzer, is a physician based in Toronto. His research interests include consumer-driven health care, Medicare and Medicaid, drug reimportation, and FDA reform. The late Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, wrote that Gratzer is “a natural-born economist.” Gratzer’s most recent book, with Foreword by Milton Friedman, is The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care (Encounter Books, October 2006).

Previously, Gratzer authored the book Code Blue: Reviving Canada’s Health Care System (ECW Press, 1999), which was awarded the $25,000 Donner Prize for best Canadian public policy book in 2000 and which is now in its fifth printing. Gratzer is also the editor of Better Medicine (ECW Press, 2002), a collection of essays from leading health care thinkers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

He is often quoted in the media on health matters. He has published articles in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Weekly Standard. Gratzer won the 2000 Felix A. Morley Journalism Competition, sponsored by George Mason University’s Institute for the Humane Studies. Past winners include James Taranto (The Wall Street Journal) and Jonathan Karl (ABC).

Gratzer has recently been cited in the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs, as well as by major media outlets across the United States and Canada. He has testified before Congress, been interviewed by dozens of North America’s top media hosts, and has delivered keynote addresses at several major industry conferences, including the World Health Congress and the Consumer Driven Health Care Conference

Gratzer is a peer reviewer for numerous publications and organizations: the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the American Journal of Medicine, the Max Bell Foundation, the Pacific Research Institute, and the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Gratzer is married and is the proud father of two daughters.