How prepared is the US to respond to COVID-19 relative to other countries?
The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has already overwhelmed the health systems of several countries and is projected to overburden the health system in the United States. A surge in patients with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) would challenge the ability of the U.S. healthcare system to treat all patients, including those in need of care […]

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What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

The U.S. has lower than average mortality rates for cancers but higher than average rates in the other causes of mortality. This collection of charts explores how mortality rates in the U.S. compare to similar OECD countries (those that are …

A generation of healthcare in the United States: Has value improved in the last 25 years?

A generation of healthcare in the United States: Has value improved in the last 25 years?

Jeffrey Selberg is a Senior Advisor with the Peterson Center on Healthcare. Bradley Sawyer, Cynthia Cox, Marco Ramirez, Gary Claxton, and Larry Levitt are with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Measuring the value of the U.S. healthcare system – and particularly …

More employers are paying for telemedicine, but enrollee take-up has been relatively low

More employers are paying for telemedicine, but enrollee take-up has been relatively low

Telemedicine – the delivery of health services by providers at remote locations, such as through video conferencing or remote monitoring – has been seen as a way to possibly improve access to care while also lowering costs.  In our 2018 …

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

Prescription drug spending grew rapidly between 2014 and 2015, but increases have been more modest recently. Several studies by the federal government, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers point to high prices for new “specialty” drugs as driving the spike, in …

An analysis of out-of-network claims in large employer health plans

An analysis of out-of-network claims in large employer health plans

Being unable to afford health care when it is needed is one of the major worries of families, even those with insurance.  Overall cost sharing (i.e., deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) has been increasing in employer plans, and enrollees who use …