Topic: health costs

HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act

January 9, 2014 -- Throughout the legal and political wranglings over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the landmark health care reform law passed in 2010—Harvard School of Public Health researchers have been contributing to the national conversation on the law and its implementation.…

For Medicare patients, being ‘under observation’ can be costly

Medicare patients can incur unexpected out-of-pocket medical bills if they are classified as “under observation” rather than “inpatient” at a hospital, according to Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). This is particularly true for those…

Cutting health costs

Benjamin Sommers, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, discusses the necessity of cutting health costs and slowing the rate of health cost growth in the U.S. September 28, 2010 (5:35) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in…

Health discrimination

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Public Health, on whether insurers and employers can discriminate against people on the basis of personal health behaviors. (September 2008, 11:57) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you…

Comparative effectiveness

Milton Weinstein, Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management, discusses comparative effectiveness research in health care. July 27, 2010 (8:01) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in…

Racial and ethnic inequalities

John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, discusses his recent op-ed in the The Baltimore Sun that said repealing last year's health care reform law would damage the potential to address the longstanding racial and ethnic health inequalities in the U.S. Please click…

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…

The ACA and jobs

February 2014 – Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at Harvard School of Public Health, talks about the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on employment. (Conversations in Public Health, 5:01) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast…

The uninsured and Medicaid

HSPH Professor Katherine Baicker discusses the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a unique study that evaluates the impact of covering the uninsured with Medicaid. (Conversations on Public Health podcast series, 5:25) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your…