New studies are estimating spending on COVID-19

A new report published by the Brookings Institution estimates national health care spending for COVID-19 care and discusses its policy implications.

Lauren Jett • harvard
June 2, 2020 ~3 min

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Harvard labs share personal protective equipment

As University facilities close, faculty and staff gather gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

Clea Simon • harvard
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

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After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Arthur Kleinman shares what he learned

Harvard Professor Arthur Kleinman’s wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer’s disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, he chronicles their journey in “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.”

Jill Radsken • harvard
Oct. 31, 2019 ~10 min

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Health care spending on Medicare elderly dips, study finds

Health care spending among the Medicare population age 65 and older has slowed dramatically since 2005, and as much as half of that reduction can be attributed to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease, a new Harvard study has found.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 4, 2019 ~8 min

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Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care

Study finds virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at MGH, can successfully replace office visits for many patients without compromising the quality of care and communication.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 15, 2019 ~4 min

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Even among the insured, cost of illness can be devastating, Harvard-backed poll finds

Professor Robert Blendon of Harvard Chan School led discussion of a new poll that shows devastating costs in serious illness even among patients with health insurance.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 7, 2018 ~5 min

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