Topic: health costs

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…

Health discrimination

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Public Health, on whether insurers and employers can discriminate against people on the basis of personal health behaviors. (September 2008, 11:57) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you…

Comparative effectiveness

Milton Weinstein, Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management, discusses comparative effectiveness research in health care. July 27, 2010 (8:01) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in…

Racial and ethnic inequalities

John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, discusses his recent op-ed in the The Baltimore Sun that said repealing last year's health care reform law would damage the potential to address the longstanding racial and ethnic health inequalities in the U.S. Please click…

Getting people the care they deserve

When alumna Bethany Holmes worked in a clinic for deaf patients, she was shocked by how few people could afford the care they need. She set out to change that. January 24, 2013. (4:40) Please click the play icon above to play…

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…

Auto Costs

From Infographic: The dollars and sense of chronic disease Sources: Johnson, T. (2012, March 26). Health Care Costs & U.S. Competitiveness. Retrieved from  http://www.cfr.org/health-science-and-technology/healthcare-costs-us-competitveness/p13325

Hitting the lottery

[ Winter 2012 ] Oregon's experiment with Medicaid gives an HSPH economist a rare chance to analyze effects of extended coverage. Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics In March 2008, a colleague burst into the office of HSPH…

Reining in Health Costs

The making of reformer Sarah Iselin By the latest estimates, only 2.6 percent of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance, the lowest rate of any U.S. state. "It's amazing," says Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Sarah Iselin, who has been part of the…