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RAND Health is one of the largest independent health research groups in the world. For more than 40 years, our researchers have been conducting objective, nonpartisan research and analysis that has contributed to health policymaking throughout the world.

Much of our work focuses on the impact of innovations and policy options to reduce health care costs while improving health. We also conduct research intended to strengthen public health, enhance service delivery, improve health system performance, assess promising technologies, and evaluate organizational effectiveness.

Most recently, we have examined the ongoing cost and coverage implications of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Journal Article

    Cost of Informal Caregiving for U.S. Elderly Is $522 Billion Annually

    The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the U.S. comes to $522 billion a year. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion.

  • Veteran Health Care


    Focus on Veterans' Issues

    Oct 30, 2014

    RAND Health explores the physical and mental health needs of veterans attempting to recover from combat-related injuries and reintegrate into civilian life.

  • Obesity


    To Fight Obesity, Make UC a Laboratory

    Oct 30, 2014

    With its Global Food Initiative, the University of California is seeking ways to help the billion people who go to bed hungry each night. At the same time, UC could also be addressing obesity. Experimenting with changes to the food environment and documenting their impact on diet and weight gain would accelerate progress on this national problem not just for students, but for all Americans.

  • Neighborhood Influences On Health


    Location, Location, Location: Does the Food Desert Narrative Hold Up?

    Oct 28, 2014

    There's little rigorous evidence to support the notion that 'food deserts' are driving the U.S. obesity epidemic but this narrative has nearly become conventional wisdom. In response, stakeholders have poured hundreds of millions into bringing supermarkets to these neighborhoods.

  • Sleep


    A Season of Bedtime Challenges

    Oct 28, 2014

    Halloween and Daylight Saving Time can wreak havoc on children's sleep schedules. But because parents know what's coming, they can prepare by monitoring what kids consume, maintaining calm, consistent schedules, and slowly shifting bedtime over a few days to accommodate the new time settings.

  • Military Health and Health Care


    Compromised Confidentiality in the Military Is Harmful

    Oct 27, 2014

    Mental health stigma exists across American society, but the problem in the military is fundamentally different. It boils down to the jarring and institutionalized military failure to place adequate boundaries between the workplace and the therapist's office.

  • Health Care Workforce Supply and Distribution

    Journal Article

    Does Nurse Staffing Play a Role in Improving the Quality of Inpatient Care?

    Oct 24, 2014

    Assessing the effect of nurse staffing on care quality and inpatient costs, researchers found that increasing both the number of nurses and the number of registered nurses can improve inpatient care and reduce length of stay at no additional cost.

  • Epidemic


    Your Questions on Ebola, Answered

    Oct 21, 2014

    Melinda Moore, a RAND public health physician and senior researcher, hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit to answer questions about Ebola, including whether a U.S. travel ban would help prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    Research Brief

    Young Adult Enrollment and the Affordable Care Act

    Oct 21, 2014

    Reduced young-adult enrollment in the individual health insurance market created under the Affordable Care Act would lead to modest premium increases; however, eliminating tax credits would substantially increase premiums and reduce enrollment.

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