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Pricing in the Market for Anticancer Drugs
Using an original dataset of 58 anticancer drugs approved between 1995 and 2013, it is found that launch prices, adjusted for inflation and drugs’ survival benefits, increased by 10%, or about $8,500, per year. Expand
The impact of low health literacy on the medical costs of Medicare managed care enrollees.
People with inadequate health literacy incur higher medical costs and use an inefficient mix of services, according to this study. Expand
The rise in spending among Medicare beneficiaries: the role of chronic disease prevalence and changes in treatment intensity.
Using the metabolic syndrome as a case study, it is found that the share of patients treated with medications has increased 11.5 percentage points in less than ten years, raising important questions about the "fit" of how Medicare pays for services for complex medical management. Expand
Why do transplant surgeons turn down organs? A model of the accept/reject decision.
  • D. Howard
  • Medicine, Economics
  • Journal of health economics
  • 1 November 2002
Using data on transplanted patients, it is shown that surgeons' behavior is consistent with the solution to an optimal stopping problem in which they reject low quality organs for relatively healthy patients in the hope that they will receive a better organ offer in the future. Expand
Impact of health literacy on socioeconomic and racial differences in health in an elderly population
It is found that health literacy explained a small to moderate fraction of the differences in health status and, to a lesser degree, receipt of vaccinations that would normally be attributed to educational attainment and/or race if literacy was not considered. Expand
Differences in disease prevalence as a source of the U.S.-European health care spending gap.
Differences in disease prevalence and treatment rates for ten of the most costly conditions between the United States and ten European countries are examined using surveys of the noninstitutionalized population age fifty and older. Expand
The impact of obesity on rising medical spending.
This work estimates obesity-attributable health care spending increases between 1987 and 2001 and estimates that increases in obesity prevalence alone account for 12 percent of the growth in health spending. Expand
Mammography rates after the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force breast cancer screening recommendation.
The revision to the USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendation did not affect screening patterns, and differences in mammography rates between 2010 and earlier years were not significant. Expand
Cancer treatment cost in the United States
There has not been a comprehensive analysis of how aggregate cancer costs have changed over time. The authors present 1) updated estimates of the prevalence and total cost of cancer for select payersExpand
Does quality improvement work? Evaluation of the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
The findings suggest that the Breakthrough Collaborative led to an increase in donation rates at participating hospitals. Expand