If You Want to Save the Economy, Stop the Pandemic
America is trapped in a health crisis. We are, once again, facing rapidly rising coronavirus infection rates, reading headlines decrying shortages of tests and personal protective equipment and witnessing government experts call for state shutdowns.Source: Politico
YSPH Collaborating with China to Develop New Medical Payment Models
Improving China’s medical payment models was the topic of discussion when Yale School of Public Health Dean Sten H. Vermund traveled to Beijing in January 2019 to meet with officials from China’s National Health Commission as part of the country’s ongoing healthcare reform efforts.
Nearly half of adults with heart disease can’t afford their medical bills
More than 45% of non-elderly adults with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) report financial hardship due to the associated medical bills, according to a Yale research team. Worse still, about one in five report being unable to pay those medical bills at all, said the researchers.
Affordable Care Act lowered uninsured rate for cancer survivors
The percentage of cancer survivors without health insurance decreased substantially after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer. Cancer survivors eligible for Medicaid expansion under the ACA had the greatest decrease in uninsured rate, according to the new research by Amy J. Davidoff, PhD, of Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Conn., and colleagues. They write, "ACA implementation was associated with large coverage gains in targeted expansion groups, including cancer survivors, but additional progress is needed."Source: Eurekaalert
YSPH Study Highlights Implications of Instability in Medicaid Markets
Millions of Americans with Medicaid coverage were affected when their insurance plans exited state Medicaid programs from 2006 to 2014, highlighting potential instability in these markets for Medicaid beneficiaries and the quality of care received, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
CHIP Offers Families With Seriously Ill Kids More Financial Protection Than ACA Plans
Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A new study finds that these transitions can leave kids and their families financially vulnerable as well.Source: Kaiser Health News
Public Puzzled About Value in Health Care But Open to Change, Study Finds
The high cost of health care is a familiar topic in the national dialogue, but there are major gaps in the public’s understanding of the role low-value medical care plays in driving up health care expenses, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Yale study sheds light on ‘surprise’ ER billing
In an unprecedented study of 2.2 million emergency room visits across the United States, Yale researchers found that 22 percent of patients who went to emergency departments within their health-insurance networks were treated by an out-of-network doctor and potentially incurred major, unexpected expenses.
Big data dive: A Yale economist probes the high cost of health care
When Zack Cooper arrived at Yale as assistant professor of public health and economics, he gained access to a first-of-its-kind dataset. Working with the non-profit Health Care Cost Institute, Cooper and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics gathered insurance claims data from three of the nation’s largest private health insurers.
Professor Chen featured in the Fall 2014 issue of PAA Affairs
Xi Chen, a faculty member at Yale University School of Public Health, Economics Department, and Institution of Social Policy Studies, has been collecting a spontaneous gift record data for the last ten years......The data collection efforts has been covered in The Economist Magazine (2012, 2013) and The Macmillan Report. A detailed description of the unique dataset appears in PLoS ONE this August.Source: PAA Affairs
Professor Chen speaks at the Aging Workshop of the NBER Summer Institute 2014
Old-Age Pension, Subjective Well-being and Mental Health: Evidence from the New Rural Pension Program in China using A Regression Discontinuity Design We estimate the causal impact of pension windfalls on mental well-being by making use of a newly launched pension program for rural residents since 2009, which now covers more than four hundred million Chinese and amounts to one fourth of their income.Source: National Bureau of Economic Research
Economic Reform in China Needs to Address Cultural Norms
Professor Xi Chen recently published an op-ed on relative status concern and public policy in China. Chen looks at rising income inequality in the country and the effect it has had on the lower classes, from poorer health outcomes to lesser marriage rates for lower class men. He points out the history of rigid hierarchy in Chinese society. Looking foward, he suggests taxing luxury consumption to offset some of the disparity and implementing certain public policies to equalize opportunity.Source: Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS)