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Blog: The View from Here

  • Health Care Costs—Mapping the Forest and Finding a Path

    Feb 21, 2019 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Health care costs comprise an expansive and poorly mapped forest. There are plenty of fearful features to the wilderness, including rising pharmaceutical costs, consolidating providers, multiplying administrators, aging populations, chronic diseases, and poor health behaviors. Different regions—Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance—evoke different and conflicting concerns and … Read more

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    Original Scholarship

    The Economic Value of Education for Longer Lives and Reduced Disability

    March 2019 | Patrick M. Kreuger, Ilham A. Dehry, Virginia W. Chang

    Although it is well established that educational attainment improves health and longevity, the economic value of this benefit is unknown. Researchers estimate that the economic value of education for longer, healthier lives is comparable to or greater than the value of education for lifetime earnings. A template that assigns an economic value to the health benefits associated with education or other social determinants can allow policymakers to prioritize those interventions that yield the greatest value for the population. Read more

  • Original Scholarship

    Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC

    January 2019 | Nason Maani Hessari, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee, David Stuckler

    A new Early View study in The Milbank Quarterly shows The Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to influence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is based on emails and documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The emails demonstrate the company’s interest in gaining access to CDC employees in order to lobby policymakers and frame the obesity debate by shifting attention and blame away from sugar-sweetened beverages. Read more

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