Topic: health reform

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…

Transforming Ethiopia's health care system from the ground up

August 29, 2012 -- There are currently more Ethiopian doctors working in Chicago than in Ethiopia, according to Keseteberhan Admassu, the country’s state minister of health. Speaking to an international group of experts assembled by Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department…

HSPH experts on health care ruling: Good news; more work to do

June 28, 2012 -- Two experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) say they’re cheered by the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law that aims…

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…

Why no Vermont-style health system transformation in Massachusetts?

The creation of single payer insurance has fallen off the radar in Massachusetts, HSPH Prof. John McDonough wrote in his Health Stew blog on the Boston Globe website on December 12, 2011. Discussing the departure of three leading Massachusetts health policy experts…

HHS official Howard Koh stresses importance of public health work

November 4, 2011 -- Former HSPH Prof Calls Working in D.C. “Sometimes Frustrating but Absolutely Fascinating” Howard Koh spent two decades as a doctor. Working one-on-one with patients is “a noble and almost sacred experience,” he told scores of Harvard Medical School students…