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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…)

How Would the Revised Senate Health Care Bill Affect Individual Market Premiums in 2026 and Over the Long Run?

We find that the current population of individual market enrollees would pay more for the same level of coverage under the BCRA than under current law, before accounting for any premium tax credits for which individuals may be eligible. (more…)

How the Revised BCRA Would Impact Enrollee Costs, According to Your Age and Income

The BCRA revised July 20 would increase total costs for lower-income enrollees in all age groups, finds Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg in their updated analysis.
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How the BCRA Would Impact Enrollee Costs, According to your Age

Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg find that the BCRA would increase total costs for lower-income enrollees in all age groups. (more…)

Why do so Many Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine? Maybe Because it Works

Physicians with higher spending in a given year were substantially less likely to be sued for malpractice the following year.  (more…)

Medical Expenditure Risk: How Medicare Protects the Elderly and What Would Change with Proposed Reforms

A key goal of health insurance is to protect individuals against the risk of large unexpected medical expenditures. This function is particularly important (more…)

What’s a Fair Price? The Debate Over Value & Cost of Specialty Drugs (Part 1)

When Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug that had been on the market for over 60 years from $13 to $750 a pill there was overwhelming public dismay.  For many, it highlighted the growing concern over prescription drug prices.   (more…)

The US Hospital System May Be Outperforming Expectations

In a new Health Affairs article released in February, Schaeffer Center researchers provide evidence that hospital productivity increased from 2002 to 2011, suggesting that the US health care system could be performing better than many believe.  John Romley, Research Assistant Professor at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health (more…)

Biomedical Research in the Age of Preventive Medicine

“Moonshot” was the word Google CEO Larry Page used to describe his newest venture, Calico–a biotech startup focused on the challenge of aging and age-associated pathology. In fact, medical therapies to delay aging are increasingly feasible, and, as shown by our study in Health Affairs, could achieve a far greater return on investment than comparable advances in the treatment of specific diseases. (more…)

Five Myths About Cancer Care in America

One of the most pervasive and misguided myths about cancer is that the ‘war on cancer’ has been a failure. With provocative news headlines about cancer often popping up, it is understandable that there is public uncertainty about progress in its treatment and patient care. (more…)

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