Topic: health policy

Universal health care in Latin America spotlighted

Policy innovations, recent economic growth, and a trend towards democracy have led to advances in universal health coverage in Latin America, according to Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development…

Obamacare hasn’t led to higher health care costs for businesses

Predictions that Obamacare would lead to substantially higher costs for employers have not materialized three years after the U.S. health care overhaul became law. In an October 16, 2014 Bloomberg News article, health economist Katherine Baicker of Harvard School of Public Health…

Mass shootings becoming more frequent

The rate of mass shootings in the United States has tripled since 2011, according to a new analysis by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University. In the last three years, there have been 14 mass shootings—defined as public…

Support for Medicaid expansion strong among low-income adults

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Boston, MA — Low-income adults overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion and think the government-sponsored program offers health care coverage that is comparable to or even better in quality than private health insurance coverage, according to a…

Legalizing Marijuana

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the public health pros and cons of legalizing marijuana use.

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…

Why Public Health? María Portela Martínez

May 2014 — In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. María Portela Martínez, MD, MPH ’14, and a Mongan Commonwealth Minority Health Policy Fellow,…

U.S. health reform can be ‘source of inspiration’ for Canadians

Canada—which adopted universal health care about 50 years ago—can learn from U.S. efforts at health reform, according to a September 3, 2014 Globe and Mail article co-authored by Andrew Boozary, SM ’14, visiting scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management…

Public health politician

August 19, 2014 — When she was running for a seat in Japan’s house of representatives, Mayuko Toyota, SM ’02, one day found herself standing in the rain on crutches, giving a speech at a common venue for politicking in that country:…