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Costs and Consequences of COVID’s Impact on Non-Urgent Care shocks - figure
A new study of COVID-19-related disruptions in health care sheds light on the value of nonurgent medical care. In Mortality Effects of Healthcare Supply Shocks: Evidence Using Linked Deaths and Electronic Health Records (NBER Working Paper 30553), Engy Ziedan, Kosali I. Simon, and Coady Wing compare people who had outpatient appointments scheduled in the 30 days immediately before the March 13, 2020, pandemic declaration with those who had appointments scheduled in the...

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Racial Concordance and the Take-Up of Preventive Care   race figure
Providing preventive care for chronic health conditions has the potential to deliver a rare “win-win” situation in which total costs fall and health care outcomes improve. One of the barriers to such care is mistrust between provider and patient. Such mistrust is one of the factors that can limit the effectiveness of care delivered to Black patients by White doctors rather than their Black counterparts. In Racial Concordance and the Quality of Medical Care: Evidence...
Epigenetic Influences on the Descendants of Union Army POWs overweight - 30599 figure
The number of adults worldwide who are overweight or obese is rising, with much of the increase driven by developing countries. Famine exposure at early ages is a contributing factor, and it is not clear whether such exposure transmits across generations. In Overweight Grandsons and Grandfathers’ Starvation Exposure (NBER Working Paper 30599), Dora Costa develops novel evidence on this issue by studying the grandchildren of Union Army veterans, some of whom were...
David M. Cutler studies the determinants of health status and longevity, the economics of health care delivery, and health policy. He has documented the improvement in late-life health status in recent decades, explored the impact of Medicare and Medicaid on the public sector, developed Satellite National Health Accounts, and investigated the implications of racial and ethnic segregation for both health care delivery and health status. Cutler is the Otto Eckstein...
Changes in the Public Charge Rule and Health of Mothers and Infants Enrolled in New York State’s Medicaid Program, 2014‒2019  Wang SS, Glied S, Babcock C, Chaudry A. American Journal of Public Health 112(12), December 2022, pp. 1747−1756. In January 2017, the press reported that the federal government was considering an expansion of the public charge rule that would make participation in Medicaid a barrier to citizenship. The prior definition deemed...

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