What drives health spending in the U.S. compared to other countries
The United States spends significantly more on healthcare than comparable countries, and yet has worse health outcomes. Much of the national conversation has focused on spending on prescription drugs and administrative costs as the primary drivers of health spending in the U.S. President Donald Trump has signed executive orders with broad directives to lower prescription […]

Health System Dashboard

Public health efforts aim to promote population health and wellbeing and generally include a variety of initiatives, such as disaster preparedness, nutrition and education programs, disease prevention programs, and epidemiological surveillance. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing governments’ capacities to address …

Cost-Sharing Waivers and Premium Relief by Private Plans in Response to COVID-19

Cost-Sharing Waivers and Premium Relief by Private Plans in Response to COVID-19

While federal protections prevent most people from paying out-of-pocket for COVID-19 testing, patients may face substantial costs if hospitalized for treatment because there are no provisions that require private insurance plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment. A previous …