Topic: health policy

Promoting health care for the vulnerable in Vietnam

May 12, 2015 -- In Hanoi, working for a small nongovernmental organization, Lan Nguyen spent nearly four years trying to improve the lot of people on the fringes. Sex workers. Drug users. People struggling with diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis…

Thailand seeks to address shortage of rural health care providers

May 11, 2015 -- Now in its 14th year, Thailand’s universal health care system provides coverage to 99.9% of the population, but as it grows the system is facing challenges caused by a shortage of doctors and nurses, especially in rural areas. Rajata Rajatanavin,…

Taking public health to heart

May 4, 2015 — Dervilla McCann’s face lights up as she recalls the day in 2012 when she learned that the Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act. A cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice and…

Howard Koh honored by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership and director of the Leading Change Studio at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will receive the Dr. Jim O’Connell Award at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s upcoming Medicine…

‘Wacky’ Medicare physician payment policy should bite the dust

The U.S. Senate’s likely approval this week of bipartisan legislation to repeal a long-standing feature of Medicare physician payment policy called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) does not mean a new era of bipartisan Congressional cooperation on health policy has dawned, according…

Obama plan could boost health care for immigrants

Millions of undocumented immigrants could get a reprieve from the threat of deportation and a chance for legal employment in the U.S. under a recent proposed executive action from President Obama. Although the plan is currently under court injunction, if it’s implemented…

Is the EU about to make the placebo a crime?

Two apparently well-meaning legal initiatives from Europe aimed at fighting falsified or substandard medicines could have the unintended consequence of exposing medical researchers and drug manufacturers to criminal prosecution, according to a new commentary in the journal Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR).…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care tonight on Frontline

Tune in tonight, Tuesday, February 10, to see Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health interviewed on PBS' Frontline about his book, Being Mortal, in which he discusses issues related…

Health insurers may be using drug coverage to discriminate

For immediate release: January 28, 2015 In some U.S. health plans, HIV drugs cost nearly $3,000 more per year than in other plans. If left unchecked, this practice could partially undermine a central feature of the Affordable Care Act. Boston, MA ─ Some…