Health Economics and Financing
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.
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Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is both contentious and complicated. RAND mathematician Carter Price has been using the COMPARE model to help those making decisions understand what their choices mean for their budgets and population health.
Out-of-pocket spending on health care will decrease for both the newly insured as well as for those changing their source of insurance. These decreases will be largest for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
Latest Research and Publications
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.
Compared to their peers, children with autism spectrum disorders have higher annual costs for health care appointments and prescriptions ($3,000 on average) and non-health care costs ($17,000 on average), such as special education at school. Previous analyses underestimated this economic burden, particularly for school systems.
For most lower-income people who obtain coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, health care spending will fall. But spending by some newly insured higher-income people will increase because they will be now paying insurance premiums.
Research in Progress
Studies related to the effects of new practice models on the professional satisfaction and labor supply of health care providers
Research that simulates various dimensions of ACA implementation, projecting their effects on costs and coverage
Last updated: August 2013