The September 2011 issue of Health Affairs features research and analysis by several RWJF grantees, covering topics as wide-ranging as: ways increased coverage options can spur lower hospital prices, philanthropic support of consumer advocacy in health care and concerns with U.S. health care spending. Collectively, the articles represent the broad spectrum of issues currently being debated as the nation struggles to ensure more people have access to health insurance and high-quality care while also controlling spending. By funding such diverse research and furthering its dissemination, RWJF helps inform policy-makers, key health care stakeholders and the public.
RWJF’s Changes in Health Care Financing Organization initiative, which sponsored two of the above articles, is also sponsoring a free webinar, “Getting and Using Medicare Data: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started My Research,” on September 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.
- 1. Lower-Income Families Pay a Higher Share of Income Toward National Health Care Spending Than Higher-Income Families Do
- 2. The Increased Concentration of Health Plan Markets Can Benefit Consumers Through Lower Hospital Prices
- 3. Higher Fees Paid to US Physicians Drive Higher Spending for Physician Services Compared to Other Countries
- 4. Model Safety-Net Programs Could Care for the Uninsured at One-Half the Cost of Medicaid or Private Insurance
- 5. Foundation's Consumer Advocacy Health Reform Initiative Strengthened Groups' Effectiveness