Health

One Strange Health Statistic That Could Improve American Healthcare

A new study looks at a surprisingly simple metric—consumers’ self-rated overall health—and finds that it has become increasingly powerful at predicting mortality over the last few decades.

An Irrational Decision? Preventative Care Use Declines During High Unemployment

A new study suggests that preventative care has lower demand during high unemployment because it has an immediate cost but a delayed benefit.

Sharing the Burden: Are Cost Sharing Initiatives as Effective among Individuals with Lower Incomes?

Who bears the burden of increased patient cost sharing?

Human Capital and the Fight Against Poverty in Mexico

Harris School of Public Policy alum David García-Junco discusses his career combatting poverty through the health and human capital sectors.

Waiting for Superbugs: Patient expectations drive dangerous overprescription of antibiotics

A recent study investigates the link between the public health hazard of antibiotic resistance and the prescription of ineffectual antibiotics for bronchitis.

Is the Structure of SNAP Linked to Cyclical Illness?

Seligman et al look at whether the once-a-month nature of SNAP benefits can be linked to cyclical health problems.

The Optimal Policy Response to Hunger Strikes: Identifying the Line Between Medical Treatment and Torture

Physicians from Harvard University are concerned that, rather than helping patients, the US DOD policy requiring military doctors to force feed hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay violates professional ethics.

Policy Radio | Linda Shapiro, Chief Strategy Officer of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, on Innovations in Cook County Healthcare

Linda Shapiro of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System speaks about innovative approaches to serving diverse populations and leadership strategies in health care.

No Room for Smoking or Obesity: How North Carolina Dealt with Costly Retiree Insurance

Researchers evaluate North Carolina’s attempts to rein in the escalating cost of retiree healthcare.

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