The Science of Health Care Reform


(The Journal of the American Medical Association)

by Robert H. Brook

June 17, 2009

Another health policy window has opened; through it will stream proposals to reform the US health care system. President Obama has demanded that reform proposals improve both coverage and quality of care and make health care more affordable for all Americans. Extending coverage without worrying about costs would be relatively easy. Improving quality of care without worrying about costs might also be achievable. But extending coverage and improving quality while also making coverage more affordable will be difficult....

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at

JAMA. 2009;301(23):2486-2487.

This commentary originally appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on June 17, 2009. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.