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Providing Evidence of Value as well as Fiscal Impact is Necessary for Healthcare Technology Adoption

Healthcare policymakers need to understand not only the value of a new technology but how much it will cost the health system. A new framework provides clearer guidance for assessing the quality of budget impact analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. (more…)

Education Improves Some Aspects Of Health But May Worsen Others

We study how secondary education affects different dimensions of health in middle age. A policy change in England, Wales, and Scotland that increased the minimum school-leaving age from 15 to 16 years old improved health by reducing body fat and lung conditions, but it also increased blood pressure. (more…)

Adverse Selection and Marriage Timing: Does HIV Testing Accelerate Marriage?

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic is associated with delayed marriage and fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa.  An experiment shows that routine HIV testing could reverse this pattern. (more…)

Measuring Value in Clinical Trials: Patient Preference Doesn’t Equal Average Survival

Though clinical trials most often rely on average survival rates as measures of value, these are not synonymous indicators. New research by the Schaeffer Center finds additional factors may weigh in patient’s treatment choice.  (more…)

Using Gifts and Goals to Help Kids Make Healthy Food Choices

A study seeks ways to nudge kids and schools into healthier behaviors.

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Understanding Fatigue Patterns in Breast Cancer Patients

Fatigue is a major symptom in cancer and it is particularly pronounced during treatment. To date, the proper management of cancer-related fatigue remains challenging for patients and healthcare providers and we know very little (more…)

U.S. Funding for HIV Treatment Associated with Employment Gains in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Jeremy Barofsky, Neeraj Sood, Zachary Wagner

Since 2003, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided billions of US tax dollars to expand HIV treatment, care, and prevention programs, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Institute of Medicine, PEPFAR’s $54 billion authorization from 2003-2013 constitutes the “largest global health initiative focused (more…)

When is the Cost of Care Worth it?

New medical technologies to treat chronic disease are typically accompanied by increases in both health care costs and health outcomes: while treatment costs have continuously increased over the years, the value of those treatments have not always shown the same growth in measured benefits. This disconnect influences (more…)

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Kidney Cancer Far Outweigh Investment Costs

The benefits of robotically-assisted surgery for patients with kidney cancer outweigh the healthcare and surgical costs by a ratio of five to one. This is according to new research published in Health Affairs(more…)

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