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The Bulletin on Health

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Medicaid recipients are known to experience lower access to care than privately insured patients. Potential explanations for the difficulties faced by Medicaid recipients in accessing care include their more complex medical needs, low Medicaid reimbursement rates, payment delays, or other difficulties with the Medicaid billing process. In The Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access, Use, and Health (NBER Working Paper 26095), researchers Diane Alexander and Molly...

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Rates of cesarean delivery in the United States — approximately one-third of all births — are substantially higher than in many other developed nations. In addition, risk-adjusted cesarean delivery rates vary considerably across hospitals, raising important questions about why they differ and how these differences in practice style may affect patients. In The Health Impacts of Hospital Delivery Practices (NBER working paper 25986), researchers David Card, Alessandra...
Average length of life varies widely across areas of the United States. Two potential drivers of these disparities are differences in environment — such as health care availability and quality, climate, pollution, crime, and accident rates — and differences in the “health capital” of residents — such as genetics and long-term effects of prior health behaviors, medical care, and other past experiences. In Place-Based Drivers of Mortality: Evidence from Migration (NBER...

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