Health Economics and Financing

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RAND Health conducts a variety of studies on medical costs, insurance coverage, reimbursement models, and consumer health expenses—including proposed health care reforms. Our research identifies opportunities to control spending while improving health care access, efficiency, and outcomes.

From the RAND Blog

  • How Technology Can Help Save Health Care Dollars

    May 6, 2014

    Devising methods to stimulate patients' use of computers, smart phones, and other technology to become more engaged in their health care could usher in an era in which better health is just a click or tap away.

  • Is the ACA Keeping a Lid on Growth in Healthcare Spending?

    Apr 3, 2014

    Some point to the healthcare spending slowdown as an early success of the Affordable Care Act. Others warn that it's merely a hangover from the recession, and that the inevitable spending rebound will be exacerbated by the ACA coverage expansions.

Latest Research and Publications

  • The Future of Health Care in Iraq's Kurdistan Region

    Focusing on primary care, experts conducted a year-long analysis of the health care system of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Recommendations for implementation and financing, as well as utilization of resources to improve the quality, access, effectiveness, and efficiency of primary care are included.

  • Measuring Success in Health Care Value-Based Purchasing Programs

    Policymakers are grappling with decisions about how best to design and implement successful value-based purchasing (VBP) programs, which link health care providers' financial incentives to their performance in an effort to achieve better value. Summarizing current knowledge about these programs, experts make recommendations for VBP design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Promise of Value-Based Purchasing in Health Care Remains to Be Demonstrated

    After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success.

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013