Thomas Rice, PhD, is a faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a distinguished professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Rice previously served as a faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served the UCLA campus as Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel from 2006 to 2011. He also served as editor of the journal Medical Care Research and Review from 1994 to 2000 and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (previously Institute of Medicine).

Rice is a health economist, having received his doctorate in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. His areas of interest include national health care systems, competition and regulation, behavioral economics, physicians’ economic behavior, health insurance, and the Medicare program. He has authored several books, including
Health Insurance Systems: An International Comparison, published in 2021. The fifth edition of his book, The Economics of Health Reconsidered, was published in 2023. The second edition of his book: United States of America: Health Systems Review, was published in 2020.
Rice received his PhD in economics at the University of California at Berkeley.