Topic: health costs

School obesity-prevention program may reduce medical costs

School-based programs that teach middle schoolers about healthy foods, encourage less TV and other screen time, and urge more physical activity can reduce eating disorders among girls and help save on medical costs, according to a study co-authored by Harvard School of…

New IOM report: demanding value from our health care system

Within the past decade, health care costs have risen by 88% and are expected to account for 18% of GDP in 2012. Many patients can no longer afford their health care and 40% of patients with a serious medical condition face financial…

The cost of not helping the world's most vulnerable children

November 1, 2012 -- It’s not enough to refrain from harm. We must take positive action. This is the core message of The Cost of Inaction: Case Studies from Rwanda and Angola, a new book published by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and…

With no insurance, ‘permanent’ patients linger in hospitals

Many thousands of patients in the U.S. who lack health insurance but who need long-term care wind up lingering in hospitals for many weeks, months, or even years because the current health care system doesn’t offer workable solutions for them. Speaking with…

Making the case to continue an innovative anti-malaria program

November 7, 2012 -- Funding at Risk for Program That Increases Availability, Lowers Costs for Most Effective Drugs A pharmacist in Chokwe, Mozambique dispenses Coartem, an artemisinin-combination therapy. A two-year-old pilot program that aims to protect the most effective drug for malaria from…

Rosenthal's promotion to Professor celebrated at HSPH Symposium

October 20, 2011 -- Health economics may not be the most glamorous specialty in public health, Dean for Academic Affairs [[David Hunter]] told an HSPH audience gathered to celebrate health economist Meredith B. Rosenthal’s promotion to full professor, but work such as Rosenthal’s that…

Why no Vermont-style health system transformation in Massachusetts?

The creation of single payer insurance has fallen off the radar in Massachusetts, HSPH Prof. John McDonough wrote in his Health Stew blog on the Boston Globe website on December 12, 2011. Discussing the departure of three leading Massachusetts health policy experts…