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The Bulletin on Health

Summarizes recent NBER Working Papers pertaining to health topics. It is distributed digitally three times a year and is free
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States and, because roughly half of newly-diagnosed cancer patients are over the age of 65, Medicare plays a key role in its treatment. In Does Medicare Coverage Improve Cancer Detection and Mortality Outcomes? (NBER Working Paper 26292), researchers Rebecca Mary Myerson, Reginald Tucker-Seeley, Dana Goldman and Darius N. Lakdawalla assess the impact of Medicare eligibility at age 65 on cancer detection and...

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A diagnosis of diabetes is generally accompanied by recommendations for additional medical care as well as lifestyle changes, with the goal of improving patient health. In What Difference Does a Diagnosis Make? Evidence from Marginal Patients (NBER Working Paper 26363), researchers Mattan Alalouf, Sarah Miller and Laura R. Wherry ask whether a diabetes diagnosis, in fact, leads to recommended medical care and improvements in health outcomes for patients at the...
In 2015, five percent of households that filed tax returns paid a penalty for having at least one family member without health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act. The tax penalty was intended to provide an incentive for purchasing insurance, but the incentive could have been muted if taxpayers lacked information about it. In Health Insurance and Mortality: Experimental Evidence from Taxpayer Outreach (NBER Working Paper 26533), researchers Jacob Goldin,...

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