America Is Not Getting Good Value for Its Health Dollar

The United States spends more money per person on health than any other country, but our lives are shorter—by nearly four years—than expected based on health expenditures.


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Recent Reports


Addressing Rising Health Care Costs

November 10, 2013 | Report

The Resource Guide is intended to provide a road map to some of the key concepts and research findings that may help consumer advocates facilitate the conversation around rising health care costs.


Private Sector Approaches to Health Care Cost Containment

November 5, 2013 | Report

Growth in health spending has outpaced overall income growth for decades, placing an enormous burden on society and undermining wage gains. This paper examines private purchaser approaches to health care cost control.


State-Based Approaches to Health Care Value

November 4, 2013 | Report

This paper examines the strategies that seven states have used to improve value—some ideas are new, while other concepts have been in place for years.

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How Americans View Health Care Costs

Americans Say Cost of Care is a Serious Problem

A majority of the general public (87%) thinks the cost of care is a serious problem for the U.S., according to a poll by RWJF, NPR, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Quick Facts about Americans' Views on Cost

  • About 65 percent of the general public believes the cost of care has gotten worse over the last five years.
  • More than 40 percent of sick Americans say that the cost of their medical care over the last 12 months has caused a “very serious” (20%) or “somewhat serious” (23%) problem for their or their family’s finances.

Comparing Health Care Quality & Cost

In Your Neighborhood

This interactive repository features public reports that measure the quality and cost of care physicians and hospitals provide in communities across the country.

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This Costs How Much?

This video from RWJF's Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program provides three perspectives on the need for cost data, including what's at stake for patients, providers, and employers; and how to nurture a cost-transparent system that empowers all players to make better decisions.

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