Topic: health reform

Health reform in Turkey achieves universal coverage, improves health

Recent health system reform efforts in Turkey have led to universal health coverage and notable improvements in health outcomes and equity, according to Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He describes the history…

Building resilient and sustainable health systems

How can health systems be strengthened in a post-Ebola world? On Saturday, September 26, 2015 Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and executive director of Ariadne Labs, facilitated a discussion that attempted to answer that question. As the United…

Consumers overwhelmed in sea of health information

While health information is more widely available than ever, most consumers are unable to understand it well enough to make appropriate decisions, according to a new editorial by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. While education levels are a barrier…

The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

June 26, 2015 -- John McDonough, professor of public health practice, was a senior advisor on health reform in the Senate from 2008-2010, where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He weighs in on the Supreme…

Emergency room doctors busy, despite ACA

Doctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce…

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…

‘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…