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How Much Should We Really Spend on Preventive Care?

September 21, 2009

Despite the unfortunate reality that prevention may not save money, many preventive services actually are a good bargain when considered from the perspective that they provide health value for the money spent.

Cheap Political Victories and End of Life Care: A Better End for Anyone?

September 14, 2009

As if just talking about dying weren’t hard enough for most of us, now comes the disinformation campaign about end-of-life care discussions waged by opponents of health care reform.

Incentives, Incentives, Incentives (and Adverse Selection)

August 31, 2009

If health care reform is going to work, we need to figure out how to make the market for private health insurance more competitive without resulting in some of the more undesirable byproducts of competition.

Looking Back at Hurricane Katrina: Is Our Public Health System More Prepared?

August 24, 2009

Hurricane Katrina left the Gulf Coast region’s public health and health care systems in shambles from which they are still trying to recover years later.

Health Care Costs, Health Savings Accounts, and a Transformed Health System

August 17, 2009

The whole idea that a committee of experts in Washington or anywhere else can deliver what each American wants in health care, when we want it, at a price we can afford, is nonsense.

An Economist’s Perspective on Health Care Reform

August 5, 2009

Done right, health care reform will be a boon to the U.S. economy. Done wrong, it will be an economic albatross.

Incentives, Incentives, Incentives (and Risk Selection)

July 21, 2009

On July 16, House Democrats released H.R. 3200, a bill that is an impressive first step towards addressing some of the challenges in U.S. health care.

Electronic Medical Information is Critical for Returning Service Members

July 14, 2009

Two years have passed since a Washington Post article revealed some instances of inadequate treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

AIDS in America: Creating a National AIDS Strategy With Impact

July 7, 2009

The campaign to create a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NAS) for the United States has been a remarkable success so far.

Barriers, Roadblocks, and Opportunities: A Pathway to Health Care Reform in the United States

June 23, 2009

Why is health care reform so difficult and what is standing in the way of President Obama and Congress succeeding?

Health Is Not Just About Health Care

June 15, 2009

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America recently released its report with 10 recommendations that we believe will allow Americans to lead healthy lives.

Celebrating the Health Benefits of Biking

May 27, 2009

Last May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution naming May “National Bicycle Month,” giving federal recognition to our most efficient form of transportation.

Children Should Be a Focus of Health Reform

May 21, 2009

Our uncoordinated non-system results in consequences that are harmful to our most vulnerable – our children – and this harm has long-term implications throughout one’s life.

Why Health Care Reform Can't Wait

April 21, 2009

I believe today we face one of the most important decisions in our Nation’s history—how to address the insolvency of our health care system that threatens to decimate our country’s budget, stability, and overall wellbeing.

An Rx For Health Care Reform

April 10, 2009

The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for health care reform this year that provides everyone with a choice of insurance.

Health Care Reform: Decent Care as a Key Value

February 10, 2009

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) and Ford Foundation-sponsored Global Consultation on Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services sought to bring together people to explore the conceptual alignment between the concepts of decent care and the practice of palliative care.

Meeting the Need: The Launch of the Mission Projects Initiative

January 8, 2009

The Mission Projects are a significant new endeavor for Altarum, one that is key to extending reach and impact beyond what we can do in client-funded work alone.

Evaluating the Obama Health Plan: We Need Both Short-Term Affordability and Long-Term Sustainability

October 1, 2008

Although there is considerable attention paid to addressing cost growth and investing in public health and prevention, the most noteworthy aspect of Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s health care plan is its focus on attempting to make insurance affordable for all Americans.

HIV and the Workplace: Making the Business Case for HIV Workplace Partnerships

September 1, 2008

After 27 years, far too many businesses remain untapped fighters in the war against HIV/AIDS because they did not know they could be asked, they did not know they should be asked, and too many public health officials did not know how or what to ask them.