Topic: health costs

The Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act

John McDonough reacts to the high court's decision on health reform and offers insights on Medicaid's future. June 28, 2012 (7:39) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format…

Contraception coverage saves money

In addition to its potential health benefits for women, insurance coverage of contraception is cost-effective and cost-saving for society, according to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) health policy researcher Daniel Liebman. Tallying up the evidence for The Incidental Economist blog, Liebman…

The uninsured and Medicaid

August 2013 -- HSPH Professor Katherine Baicker discusses the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a unique study that evaluates the impact of covering the uninsured with Medicaid. (Conversations on Public Health podcast series, 5:25) Please click the play icon above to play this…

The hidden health costs of the Great Recession

What is the total price tag for the Great Recession? Almost five years after the official end of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, there is still no clear answer. What we do know is this: A full accounting must reflect…

HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act

January 9, 2014 -- Throughout the legal and political wranglings over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the landmark health care reform law passed in 2010—Harvard School of Public Health researchers have been contributing to the national conversation on the law and its implementation.…

For Medicare patients, being ‘under observation’ can be costly

Medicare patients can incur unexpected out-of-pocket medical bills if they are classified as “under observation” rather than “inpatient” at a hospital, according to Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). This is particularly true for those…

Cutting health costs

Benjamin Sommers, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, discusses the necessity of cutting health costs and slowing the rate of health cost growth in the U.S. September 28, 2010 (5:35) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in…