Insurance coverage and proximity to health care centers factor into health-related inequalities in Rwanda

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Chunling Lu, PhD, is co-author on a study that has found that poverty status is not the only significant contributing factor to the inequalities in medical care utilization and household catastrophic spending that exist in Rwanda. Photo: Julien Harneis on Flickr

Do higher health insurance deductibles really turn patients into smarter consumers?

In this New York Times piece “The Big Problem With High Health Care Deductibles” Amitabh Chandra, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center faculty and executive committee member, shares his thoughts on why he is no longer convinced that high-deductible health care plans are effective at converting patients into discerning consumers. Chandra’s insights were gleaned from this recent working paper.  

Early exposure to Medicaid may promote intergenerational mobility & economic opportunity

Rourke O’Brien, PhD, a Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, has co-authored a discussion paper released by the Institute for Research on Poverty that evaluates the impact of the expansion of Medicaid on intergenerational mobility.

Addressing challenge of selecting best health care intervention when benefits & value are often in gray zone

Amitabh Chandra, PhD, Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member, is co-author of a Perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine that addresses the challenge of determining the best health care intervention when benefits and value are often in the “gray-zone.”