Topic: health policy

A call for better governance in global health

Given the complex health challenges facing the world today—the continuing threat from infectious diseases, the growing problem of noncommunicable diseases linked with risk factors like obesity and smoking, and health effects stemming from global issues such as climate change and trade policies—it’s…

Hospital CEO pay not linked to quality of care

CEO compensation at nonprofit hospitals varies widely across the United States and is influenced by such factors as hospital size, setting, use of technology, and patient satisfaction — but not quality of care, according to a new study led by Harvard School…

Experts discuss political battle over Obamacare

In the first of a new podcast series on health reform, John McDonough, professor of public health practice at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the HSPH Center for Public Health Leadership, Gail Willensky, senior fellow at Project Hope, and…

Global health lessons from U.S. health care reform

Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and T & G Angelopoulos professor of public health and international development, recently spoke with the website MedPage Today for its “Conversations with …” video interview series. Dean Frenk discussed the global…

Fatalities due to medical errors likely underreported

Although a groundbreaking 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report suggested that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors, recent studies suggest that the real number is likely much higher, according to patient safety expert [[Lucian…

Study of Oregon health insurance experiment wins award

A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers that used for the first time a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes, has received a Health Services…

Consumers may need help navigating health insurance exchanges

Based on a 2010 survey of people who used Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange (“The Connector”) to sign up for a health plan—and who experienced some difficulty with things like understanding and choosing plans—a group of investigators concludes that such exchanges should be…

Supreme Court gene-patenting decision represents balancing act

A June 2013 Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented upholds the notion that “our common humanity cannot be owned” but also preserves incentives important for biomedical innovation, according to an article by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers…