Applied Cancer Health Policy

Program Leadership

Yousuf Zafar, MD


The Center for Applied Cancer Health Policy focuses on research at the interface of policy and the cancer patient experience. Broad topics of investigation include affordability of care, treatment decision-making, and the role of behavioral science in cost and value. Our research focuses on affordability, treatment decision-making and behavioral science among other topics.


We are examining whether oral chemotherapy parity laws reduce out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients; if value-based insurance design impacts clinical decision-making for providers and patients; how manufacturer financial assistance programs impact patient costs, and how the  affordability of cancer care impacts cancer outcomes.

Treatment decision-making

We are asking if informing providers about patients’ financial burden changes treatment decision-making; if all-payer claims databases can inform treatment choices, thereby reducing patient costs; how patients facing catastrophic illness make decisions regarding insurance plan selection; and if sharing affordability and cost data impact patient decision-making.

Behavioral science

Our research also looks at how out-of-pocket costs might be reduced for patients using a behavioral science approach; how cancer patients define value in cancer care; how we can we help patients understand value in cancer care; and how to educate physicians about the cultural change needed to address care affordability. 


Additional Contacts

Jonathan Nicolla, MBA, Project Planner
Phone: 919.668.4907

Tisha Broyles, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 919.668.6551

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