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LEARNING FROM ABROAD: Promise And Pitfalls

November 29th, 2007

Editor’s Note: This post was written by the 2007-08 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows. The lead authors are Andreas Gerber and Rhema Vaithianathan. Additional authors include Kalipso Chalkidou, Richard Gleave, Peter Hockey, Geraint Lewis, Ruth McDonald, Neil MacKinnon, Peter McNair, Claudia Sanmartin, and Stephanie Stock. While policymakers in the U.S. have long recognized the benefits of looking overseas […]

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BLOG: Health Wonk Review At Health Care Renewal

November 28th, 2007

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review–the biweekly roundup of posts from the health policy blogosphere–is now up at Roy Poses’ blog, Health Care Renewal. He defines his blog as “the product of brain-storming by some physicians and health care researchers who wondered why as health care costs inexorably rose, access decreased, and quality remained stagnant.” […]

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INSURANCE: The RAND Experiment Revisited

November 28th, 2007

Sometimes the most interesting discussion on a blog goes on under the radar, in comments or other off-the-grid discussion. Chris Fleming’s passing reference to research revisiting the findings of the venerable RAND Health Insurance Experiment sparked a comment by Joseph Newhouse, the Harvard economist who has published repeated analyses of the RAND experiment throughout the […]

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NARRATIVE MATTERS: Dad’s Legacy–A Story Of Aging And Policy Impact

November 20th, 2007

As many families gather for Thanksgiving this week, Health Affairs Blog would like to take this opportunity to highlight the poignant new Narrative Matters’ essay “Dad’s Legacy” [free access] in the November/December 2007 issue of Health Affairs.   “If a picture is worth one thousand words, a good story is worth many columns of statistics,” […]

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November 13th, 2007

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director Peter Orszag today continued his assault on the elephant in health policy’s living room, the 2.1 percent “excess cost growth” by which the nation’s total health spending growth has exceeded the growth in gross domestic product (GDP) since 1975. At a reporters’ briefing sponsored by Health Affairs, Orszag unveiled a […]

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MEDICARE PART D: Renewed Interest In A Medicare-Run Drug Plan

November 8th, 2007

It is perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy that American problems require uniquely American solutions. As a solution to the lack of outpatient prescription drug coverage for the over 65s and disabled, Medicare Part D is unarguably unique. It’s also expensive, complex and awash with perverse incentives. But it is well established, and efforts to introduce greater […]

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SCHIP AND BIPARTISANSHIP: The View From The Health Affairs Summit

November 6th, 2007

On Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the Health Affairs 25th anniversary health policy summit, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) were presented awards for their leadership in bipartisan policy making in health care. In conjunction with their awards, the senators pledged their continued dedication to the cause of bipartisanship, particularly in regard […]

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PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: Candidates’ Health Advisers Address Policy Summit

November 5th, 2007

In a lively 45-minute session near the end of a long day, representatives from eight leading presidential candidates (Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Giuliani, McCain, Obama, Richardson, and Romney), along with Len Nichols of the New America Foundation, gathered on stage in front of more than 500 participants at Health Affairs’ 25th anniversary health policy summit, to […]

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