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Alan B. Cohen,
As a multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy, the Quarterly prides itself in publishing original research articles and… More
Last May, New Zealand passed its first “Wellbeing Budget.” The budget marked a possible watershed moment for policymakers and others who, as Michael Mintrom of Monash University in Australia explains, support “the idea that financial prosperity alone is not a sufficient measure of the quality of a nation’s life.” Mintrom’s article is one of three opinions in a Milbank Quarterly Policy Forum on the budget. More
The New Zealand Government this year delivered a wellbeing budget focused on five priority areas—addressing mental health and addiction, improving… More
Sandro Galea, Salma M. Abdalla,
The state of American health leaves much to be desired. Since 2015 there has been a consecutive three-year drop in life expectancy, last seen a… More
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Kara Odom Walker,
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David K. Jones,
Heidi L. Allen,
If you were confused by the health care terminology used in last week’s Democratic presidential candidate debate, a new Milbank Quarterly Perspective by Jonathan Oberlander of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cuts through the rhetoric and provides historical context for how the language of health care reform in the United States has evolved over the past century. More
Michael Anne Kyle, Lumumba Seegars, John M. Benson, Robert J. Blendon, Robert S. Huckman, Sara J. Singer,
The private sector is taking steps to foster health and well-being, but there is substantial variation in the degree of activity across businesses—and many opportunities for growth remain, according to a new study of the corporate culture of health. More
Katie Attwell, Mark C. Navin,
Recent measles outbreaks have led the California state government, as well the governments of Italy, France, and Australia to create childhood vaccine mandates that impose significant penalties, such as limited access to child care, on people who do not get their children vaccinated. More
Ann Rossier Markus, Kan Gianattasio, Eric (Qian) Luo, Julia Strasser,
Most states that might transition to block grant funding for Medicaid—in which the federal government provides a fixed annual sum—would see lower revenue for their community health centers that care for Medicaid beneficiaries and other residents. Under a block grant, total health center revenues would drop 92% for the Medicaid expansion population and 58% for traditional enrollees by 2024. More
Erika Franklin Fowler, Laura M. Baum, Emma Jesch, Dolly Haddad, Carolyn Reyes, Sarah E. Gollust, Jeff Niederdeppe,
Health and health care are once again major issues in the 2020 presidential campaign. This new study examines how political advertising affects public discussions of population health topics. Erika Franklin Fowler of Wesleyan University and colleagues examined television ads, which remain a dominant platform, for campaigns for political office at all levels of government in the 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 election cycles. More
Cyril Benoît, Gaël Coron,
European Union (EU) policies and a national trend toward “collectivization” are increasingly affecting private health insurance in France. Authors Cyril Benoít of the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics and Gaël Coron of the Western Institute of Law and Europe (IODE) find that the EU regulation has led to an increase in the share of for-profit insurers in an industry that historically had been dominated by nonprofits. More
David A. Rochefort,
Now nearly 50 years old, Assertive Community Treatment, or ACT, is one of the most influential programs ever developed for adults with serious mental illness. The model offers continuous treatment outside the hospital setting, and rigorous case management featuring individualized treatment plans and multidisciplinary care teams. While the ACT framework has been adapted over time to serve a variety of client groups, a growing number of critics today are calling for alternatives. More
Jonathan Purtle, Félice Lê-Scherban, Xi Wang, Paul T. Shattuck, Enola K. Proctor, Ross C. Brownson,
This study finds that legislators’ opinions about the impact of parity laws on access to care, and the effectiveness of behavioral health treatment, have greater influence on support for the laws than political party affiliation or state-level contextual factors such as unemployment rates. More
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