Topic: health policy

Medicaid expansion debated as presidential campaign heats up

Is Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans, a costly program that doesn’t work well? Or is it an essential program vital to the health of millions? The debate over Medicaid has heightened in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June…

Surgical checklist improves quality of care and reduces costs

Last year, Atul Gawande, an associate professor at HSPH and a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and colleagues demonstrated that when surgical teams use a simple checklist, avoidable complications plummet and lives are saved. In a new study, Gawande and colleagues…

Students take sides in legal battle over health care reform

March 5, 2012 Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On February 2, the law was tested by HSPH students in a Public…

Guns and politics: David Hemenway takes aim at gun violence

January 30, 2011 David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. He is also the author of Private Guns, Public Health, which describes the public health approach to reducing firearm violence, and While You…

Crises responders seek to bridge gaps in emergency response

March 29, 2011 -- When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers, injuring dozens and spewing thousands of barrels of oil for days into the Gulf of Mexico, the disaster was more than a classroom discussion for some…

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…

A neurosurgeon returns to Louisiana focused on public health

October 12, 2011 -- Anil Nanda did not really need to seek a master’s degree in public health. He’s quite accomplished in his field already; Nanda is chief of neurosurgery at Shreveport’s Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, an academic center for medicine…

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…

Medicaid expansion faces challenges as January 1 deadline looms

July 24, 2013 — With just months remaining before the January 1, 2014 rollout of changes to the  Medicaid program that will expand health care coverage to as many as 10-20 million Americans, substantial implementation challenges remain — namely, uncertainty regarding costs…