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)

  • Where are Nurse Practitioners Located In North Carolina?

    64 percent are clustered in ten of the state’s most populous counties. See the health care workforce map below:                                                          …
    Katherine Restrepo, March 5, 2018
  • Nurse Practitioners Are More Likely To Practice Primary Care In Rural Areas

    According to a report that was prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nurse practitioners (NPs) who practice in rural areas are more likely to practice in a primary care setting. That’s a big deal for North Carolina, considering that there are over 145 primary…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 27, 2018
  • Direct Primary Care Model Appealing To Patients With Chronic Disease

    Patients with complex medical conditions want more time with health care providers. The good news is that doctors who practice direct primary care (DPC) can spend more time with their patients. That’s because they have removed themselves from the complexities of the insurance world and all of its billing…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 27, 2018
  • “Trickle-Down Physician Supply Doesn’t Work.”

    That’s what Dr. Erin Fraher, health workforce expert at University of North Carolina, had to say to lawmakers at a recent subcommittee meeting that examined how government funds are distributed to help teaching hospitals pay for physician residency programs. The bulk of graduate medical education (GME) funds are paid for…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 26, 2018
  • Direct Primary Care Doctors = Lower Drug and Lab Prices

    There are stories after stories about Direct Primary Care helping patients who require lots of medical attention. The following one (taken from my policy report on DPC) explains how physicians who practice DPC can drastically lower drug and lab prices for patients:  …
    Katherine Restrepo, February 23, 2018
  • Thanks To Tax Reform, Blue Cross NC Will Invest Millions More In Community Health

    Employees are getting $1,000 bonuses, and policyholders may also see lower health insurance premium increases in 2019, too. Based on the news release that was just sent to my inbox, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be investing an additional $50 million in addressing the opioid…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 22, 2018
  • Community-Based Residency Programs Help Improve Rural Health Care

    I recently blogged about the growing consensus among North Carolina lawmakers and health care experts for there to be more transparency in how state taxpayer dollars are spent on physician residency programs. North Carolina ranks 5th in the nation in the amount of graduate medical education (GME) funding…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 21, 2018
  • With Direct Primary Care, Patients Can Spend More Time With Their Doctor

    I’ve written a lot about direct primary care (DPC), a simple health care delivery model in which doctors don’t deal with insurance companies. Instead, they treat all of your primary care needs in exchange for an affordable monthly fee. They believe that removing primary care from insurance makes basic…
    Katherine Restrepo, February 21, 2018