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Trade Rules Limit Availability Of Generics


August 28th, 2009

In a recent Health Affairs Web Exclusive, researchers document for the first time that trade rules reduce access to generic drugs in a low-income country. Using recent Ministry of Health data, they report that in Guatemala, some generics have been withdrawn from the market while others have been denied entry altogether due to intellectual property […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Fact Versus Fiction In Health Reform


August 27th, 2009

What exactly is the U.S. government’s role in health care and how might it change under health reform? What are the implications of slowing the rate of growth in Medicare spending and what would the impact be on beneficiaries? How do the issues involved in end-of-life care really look to the people and providers who live it? […]

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Senator Edward Kennedy: A Tireless Legislator And Courageous Man


August 27th, 2009

Editor’s Note: During his 47 years in the Senate, the late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was a lion of U.S. health care and health policy. We at Health Affairs, along with much of the rest of America, grieve at his passing.  We recently asked Democratic and Republican politicians, policy experts, and former Senate staff […]

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Senator Edward Kennedy: Architect Of Reform, Builder Of Compromise


August 27th, 2009

Editor’s Note: During his 47 years in the Senate, the late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was a lion of U.S. health care and health policy. We at Health Affairs, along with much of the rest of America, grieve at his passing.  We recently asked Democratic and Republican politicians, policy experts, and former Senate staff […]

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Senator Edward Kennedy And American Health Care Policy: An Appraisal


August 27th, 2009

Editor’s Note: During his 47 years in the Senate, the late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was a lion of U.S. health care and health policy. We at Health Affairs, along with much of the rest of America, grieve at his passing.  We recently asked Democratic and Republican politicians, policy experts, and former Senate staff […]

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Moving From Volume-Driven Medicine Toward Accountable Care


August 20th, 2009

Editor’s Note: The post below argues that accountable care organizations (ACOs) represent a critical step away from volume-driven health care payment and toward better health and better care at lower cost. In addition to Aaron McKethan and Mark McClellan of the Engelberg Center for Health Reform at the Brookings Institution (pictures and bios above), the post is coauthored […]

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Health Affairs Briefing To Be Covered On Twitter


August 19th, 2009

Tomorrow’s Health Affairs briefing, “Fact Versus Fiction: Key Issues In Health Reform,” will be covered live on Twitter. Posts from Health Affairs deputy editor Sarah Dine will appear in real time on the Twitter “channel” #healthreform with important points and content from the event. You can follow the discussion on Twitter by searching on “#healthreform.” If you have a Twitter […]

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Nurse Shortage, Payment Reform Lead HA Blog Top 10


August 19th, 2009

A post on the short-term easing of the nurse shortage and Uwe Reinhardt’s “Modest Proposal On Payment Reform” top the Health Affairs Blog most-read list for July. The list also includes several posts addressing the ongoing health reform debate. Additional comment is always welcome.

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Affordable Access For Modest-Income Workers Eligible For Group Coverage


August 18th, 2009

The Problem. The treatment of lower-income workers and families eligible for employer coverage is a difficult challenge for health reform. Many of these workers struggle to afford their rising contribution requirements. Recent survey findings indicate that 38 percent of workers eligible for employer coverage and with incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) […]

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The Accountable Care Organization: Not Ready For Prime Time


August 17th, 2009

Editor’s Note: In the post below, Jeff Goldsmith argues that the concept of accountable care organizations (ACOs) is “not ready for prime time.” In a response, Aaron McKethan, Mark McClellan, Elliott Fisher, and Jonathan Skinner state that ACOs represent a critical step away from volume-based health care payment and toward better health and better care at lower cost. […]

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Health Affairs Briefing On Key Issues In Health Reform: Fact Versus Fiction


August 16th, 2009

Reforming the way health care is paid for and delivered in the United States is serious business. It deserves an equally serious discussion rising above partisanship and hot air.  Join Health Affairs, the nation’s leading health policy journal, for a special conference on Key Issues in Health Reform: Fact vs. Fiction. WHEN: Thursday August 20, […]

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What People Don’t Know About Health Insurance Exchanges


August 12th, 2009

Editor’s Note: For more on health insurance exchanges and health reform, see Building A Health Marketplace That Works by Alain Enthoven. Much of the heat so far in the debate over how health care reform will expand coverage to uninsured Americans has been about whether or not there should be a public plan option.  That […]

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Summertime Surveillance: From Polio To Flu


August 6th, 2009

Several recent stories have reminded us that perhaps the most looming health crisis is not the political debate about health reform but the pandemic swine flu H1N1. The dreaded phone call has not come from a pollster or the local political party urging you to call your representative, but from a summer camp or overseas program […]

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