Topic: health costs

Health care policy under a President Romney

If elected President, Mitt Romney would likely attempt to make major changes in health care policy, according to a Perspective published online October 10, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Co-written by John McDonough—professor of the practice of public…

Can Massachusetts reign in health care costs?

While many health care reform experts are confident that the Massachusetts State Legislature by end of summer will pass a law intended to cut health care costs by $150 billion in 15 years, HSPH’s [[John McDonough]] and [[Nancy Turnbull]] are among the…

The state of health care reform in Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents are more likely to receive regular medical care since the passage of a state health care law in 2006 that requires individuals and small businesses to have health insurance or pay fines, however concerns continue about the costs of providing…

Gawande talks health reform with NPR, Colbert Report

Atul Gawande, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH, spoke with Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point about health care and health reform on January 4, 2011. Republicans in the House of Representatives are bringing forward a…

Health care reform news: paying for healthy lifestyles

Visiting scientist Harald Schmidt is quoted in a Reuters article about how local authorities, employers and health insurers in some countries are experimenting with paying people to encourage healthier lifestyles. Payments are made to discourage risky behaviors such as smoking, overeating or…

Federal payment changes may harm hospitals serving poor

Hospitals that treat mostly poor and uninsured patients generally perform slightly worse than others when patients rate their hospital experiences, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The lower patient ratings could negatively impact these so-called safety-net…