Molly Frean

PhD Candidate, Health Care Management and Economics, Wharton School

Molly Frean is a doctoral student in Wharton’s Department of Health Care Management and Economics. Broadly, Molly’s research interests are in the design of health insurance benefits and how it shapes both patient and provider behavior. Recently, Molly has been engaged in research on high deductible health plans and their impacts on health care spending growth and technology adoption. As part of her dissertation research, Molly is researching the relationship between pharmacy benefit design and pricing strategies by drug manufacturers, particularly for high-cost specialty medications. Prior to Wharton, Molly worked in health economic consulting and as a research assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology from Macalester College.

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