John Dicken

Director, Health Care

Areas of Expertise:

  • Private health care markets (e.g., health insurance markets and drug pricing)
  • Public health
  • Prescription drug issues

John is a Director in GAO’s Health Care team. He oversees a portfolio of audits on private health care markets and public health issues, including health insurance markets, prescription drugs, and long-term care.

John initially joined GAO in 1991, most consistently working on private health insurance issues, but has also spent significant time on projects related to prescription drug pricing, nursing home quality of care, and Food and Drug Administration oversight of prescription drugs. Prior to joining GAO, John was a Congressional Fellow for the health staff of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions), and also spent time as a senior analyst for the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.

John earned a master’s degree in public administration, concentrating in public health, from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.


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