National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR)


The National Institute for Health Care Reform is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established by the International Union, UAW; Chrysler Group LLC; Ford Motor Company; and General Motors to conduct health policy research and analysis to improve the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States.

The Institute, incorporated in the state of Michigan, is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, with the UAW appointing three directors and each of the companies appointing one director. The Institute does not take policy positions and strives to be an honest broker of information and a reliable resource for decision makers on all sides of the critical issues facing the U.S. health care system.

The Board approves the Institute’s research and policy analysis agenda. From 2009 through 2013, the Institute contracted with the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) to conduct health policy research and policy analyses under the direction of HSC President Paul B. Ginsburg, PhD. Beginning in 2014, NIHCR has funded Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending (CSHS), the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), and the Urban Institute to conduct research and policy analyses with an emphasis on research to improve health in Detroit.