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Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Professor of Health Policy and Management


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / 31-254B CHS

Arturo Vargas Bustamante is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and
Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has a broad background
in health policy, with specific training and expertise in health care disparities research
and secondary data analysis, health care cost analysis, and program design,
implementation and evaluation. His research investigates unexplored or underexplored
topics on access to and use of health care, predominantly among Latinos/Hispanics and
immigrants in the United States. He also specializes in the comparative analyses of
health care delivery systems in Latin American countries. His research has been
published in reputable health policy journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services
Research, Social Science and Medicine, Medical Care, among others. The outcomes of
his research have had direct policy applications, particularly since they estimate the
share of disparities that can be attributed to socioeconomic and demographic factors
and the corresponding part associated to health system variables, such as usual source
of care and insurance status.  

Professor Bustamante holds a PhD (2008) in Public Policy, an M.A. (2006) in
Economics and an M.P.P. (2004) all from UC-Berkeley. As part of his professional
experience, he worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and
for the California Program on Access to Care. Before he worked for the Health Care
Financing Administration of the Mexican Ministry of Health.

Selected Courses: 
HPM 200 Health Care Organization and Financing
HPM 206 Health Care for Vulnerable Populations
Selected Publications: 

1. Contributions to U.S. Latino/Hispanic Health Care Research

Bustamante AV, Fang H, Rizzo JA, Ortega AN. Understanding observed and unobserved health care access and utilization disparities among US Latino adultsMedical Care Research & Review, 2009, 66(5):561-77. 

Bustamante AV, Fang H, Rizzo JA, Ortega AN. Heterogeneity in health insurance coverage among US Latino adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2009, 24 (3):561-6. 

Bustamante AV, Chen J, Rodriguez HP, Rizzo JA, Ortega AN.  Use of preventive care services among Latino subgroups. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2010, 38(6):610-9. 

Bustamante AV, Chen J. Physicians cite hurdles ranging from lack of coverage to poor communication in providing high-quality care to latinos. Health Affairs, 2011, 30(10): 1921-9.

Bustamante, AV, R McKenna, J Viana, AN Ortega, Chen J. Access to care differences between Mexican-heritage and other Latinos in California after the Affordable Care Act, Health Affairs, 2018,37(9):1400-8.

2. Contributions to U.S. Immigrant Health Care Research

Bustamante AV, Fang H, Garza J, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace SP, Rizzo JA, Ortega ANVariations in healthcare access and utilization among Mexican immigrants: the role of documentation status. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2012, 14(1):146-55.

Bustamante AV, Chen J. Health expenditure dynamics and years of U.S. residence: analyzing spending disparities among Latinos by citizenship/nativity status. Health Services Research, 2013, 47(2):794-818. 

Bustamante AV, Chen J.  The great recession and health spending among uninsured U.S. citizens and non-citizens: implications for the afffordable care act implementationHealth Services Research, 2014, 49(6):1900-24. 

Bustamante, AV, Chen J, R McKenna, Ortega AN. Health Care Access and Utilization Among US Immigrants Before and After the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2019, 21(2): 211-18.

Bustamante, AV, Chen J, L Félix Beltrán, Ortega AN. Health Policy Challenges Posed By Shifting Demographics And Health Trends Among US Immigrants. Health Affairs, 2021, 40(7): 1028-37.   

3. Contributions to International and Border Health Care Research

Bustamante, AV, Ojeda G, Castaneda X. Willingness to pay for cross-border health insurance between the United States and Mexico. Health Affairs, 2008, 27(1):169-78. 

Bustamante, AV.  The tradeoff between centralized and decentralized health services: evidence from rural areas in Mexico. Social Science & Medicine, 2010, 71(5):925-34. 

Bustamante AV, Mendez CA. Healthcare privatization in Latin America: what explains diverging healthcare privatization policies in Chile, Colombia and MexicoJournal of Health Care Politics, Policy and the Law, 2014, 39(4):841-86. 

Bustamante, AV, Shimoga S. Comparing the income elasticity of health spending in middle-income and high-income countries: the role of financial protection, International Journal of Health Policy & Management, 2018,7(3): 255-263.

Bustamante, AV, M Vilar-Compte, Ochoa Lagunas A. Social Support and Chronic Disease Management Among Older Adults of Mexican Descent: A U.S.-Mexico Perspective. Social Science and Medicine, 2019,216(1):107-113.

Bustamante, AV. U.S.-Mexico cross-border health visitors: How Mexican border cities in the state of Baja California address unmet healthcare needs from U.S. residents, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2020,46(20): 4230-4247.