Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy
Katherine Restrepo is the Director of Healthcare policy at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she interned at the Cato Institute under the direction of Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies.

Katherine graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish along with a minor in Communication. She earned her master’s degree in health care administration at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a contributor to Forbes.

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 1)

  • Beware of Unintended Consequences of Telemedicine Parity Laws

    This week, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met to discuss a variety of policy issues, including telemedicine. Defined as “delivering health care at a distance,” telemedicine has proven to expedite access to health care for many, especially for people who reside in rural areas where health…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 16, 2017
  • Telemedicine Policy Discussed At Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

    This morning, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met to discuss a variety of policy issues, inclusive of telemedicine. Defined as “delivering health care at a distance,” telemedicine has proven to expedite access to health care for many patients. It’s especially helpful for people…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 14, 2017
  • More Telehealth Options For Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Members

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield policyholders in North Carolina will be given another option to access basic health care services without having to take time off from work to travel to a medical office. Last week, the state’s largest insurer announced a partnership with MDLIVE, a Florida-based telemedicine company…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 13, 2017
  • Bureaucratic Medicine Is Hurting Doctors And Patients

    When medicine is compared to other professions that require extensive education, doctors are at a higher risk of burnout. Specialties like emergency and family medicine are even more likely to suffer. A major factor of burnout is “bureaucratic drag” – a toxic amalgamation of administrative demands that erodes…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 6, 2017
  • Physicians Escaping Bureaucracy

    Since 2000, there has been a 75 percent increase in hospital employment. Smaller practices are selling their practices to larger health systems because it’s difficult for them to stay financially afloat in an era of declining reimbursement rates, changing payer rules, and costly electronic health records (EHRs). In…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 6, 2017
  • There Is An Answer To The Unsolvable Health Care Equation

    “If you take out the government, and you take out the insurance, boop! It’s solved,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering hospital-employed physician”, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 doctors at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida.
    Katherine Restrepo, November 3, 2017
  • Let Patients Sort Out Quality In the Health Care Marketplace

    My colleague Terry Stoops just wrote a blog post entitled, “let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace.” The same goes for patients in the health care marketplace. Still, the government is the main arbiter in determining quality health care. Just look at all of the “quality…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 31, 2017
  • What’s Scary About The U.S. Health Care System

    The chart below screams why the physician-patient relationship grows weaker. Since the 1970s, the number of hospital administrators has increased by 3000%. When examining trends in the health care workforce, the Harvard Business Review estimates that there is a 16:1 non-physician to physician ratio. Why? Because the…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 31, 2017