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    Medicare

    Primary Care Services Account for a Small Share of Medicare Spending

    Apr 15, 2019

    Care provided by primary care practitioners accounts for a small fraction of total spending among Medicare beneficiaries. Depending on the definition used, primary care spending represents 2.12% to 4.88% of total medical and prescription spending by Parts A, B and D of the Medicare program.

  • RAND physician policy researcher Tisamarie Sherry discusses the U.S. opioid crisis at a RAND event in Pittsburgh, April 10, 2019, photo by Michael Reed Photography
    Opioids

    A Holistic Approach to Solving the Opioid Crisis

    Apr 15, 2019

    While federal, state and, local governments deploy strategies to tackle the opioid crisis, the problem continues to proliferate. RAND researchers suggest that these strategies fail to solve the larger problem because they've largely been developed in silos. The opioid crisis is an ecosystem, and mitigating the problem will require a holistic approach.

  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, presents an award during the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, UK, February 7, 2019, photo by Tolga Akmen/Reuters
    Maternal Health

    Meghan Markle May Avoid the Spotlight After Giving Birth and Send a Powerful Public Health Message

    Apr 11, 2019

    Will the Duchess of Sussex follow royal tradition and stand on the steps of the maternity ward to present her newborn baby to the public, hours after giving birth, with flawless hair and makeup? Not doing so could help bring attention to many of the postpartum challenges faced by women everywhere.

  • Supporters of a "Medicare for All" plan gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 13, 2017, photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    Health Care Reform

    Spending Estimates Under Medicare for All

    Apr 10, 2019

    Under a Medicare for All plan similar to some proposals being discussed in Congress, total health expenditures would be an estimated 1.8 percent higher in 2019, relative to the status quo. While this is a small change in national spending, the federal government's health spending would increase substantially, rising by an estimated 221 percent.

  • Used Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) containers and syringes sit in a case, after paramedics revived a man in his 40s, who was found unresponsive, after overdosing on opioids in Salem, Massachusetts, August 9, 2017, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters
    Opioids

    (Grey's) Anatomy of an Opioid Crisis

    Apr 8, 2019

    More than 130 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. So when one of the most popular shows on TV made opioid misuse a major plotline, RAND experts paid attention to how it presented this public health crisis. The show mirrored reality pretty closely, for the narrow slice of the opioid crisis it addressed.

  • A combination picture shows packs of cigarettes, unveiled by European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne at a news conference in Brussels October 22, 2004, photo by Stringer/Reuters
    Tobacco and Smoking

    Graphic Warning Labels on Tobacco Packages Can Deter Some Smokers

    Apr 9, 2019

    Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products. But the strategy is unlikely to influence smokers who are most addicted to nicotine.

  • Suzanne Devine Clark places items on a memorial on the one year anniversary of the shooting which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 14, 2019, photo by Joe Skipper/Reuters
    Suicide

    Preventing Suicide: Treat Mass Shooting Trauma Beyond Initial Tragedy

    Apr 4, 2019

    The need for mental health support and suicide-prevention efforts targeting survivors of mass shootings, and the friends and families of victims, is great. Putting such programs in place could go a long way toward helping them heal, and preventing more tragedy.

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    Health Care Costs

    Addressing Surprise Medical Bills Without Raising the Cost of Health Care

    Apr 1, 2019

    Patients who try to stay within their insurers' networks can be hit with surprise bills when they unknowingly receive care from out-of-network physicians. How much should a physician be paid for providing a service that is critical but rendered without the patient's ready ability to choose an in-network provider?

  • Jodi Liu discusses the potential impacts of single-payer health care.
    Health Care Payment Approaches

    The Potential Impacts of Single-Payer Health Care

    Jan 23, 2019

    Controlling costs while improving health care access dominates policy debates in Congress. In this Congressional Briefing, Jodi Liu discusses what policymakers need to know about "Medicare-for-All" and other single-payer proposals, and their likely effects on cost and access.

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