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Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
Evidence from a selection of research topics relevant to pandemics is discussed, including work on navigating threats, social and cultural influences on behaviour, science communication, moral decision-making, leadership, and stress and coping.
The Oregon experiment--effects of Medicaid on clinical outcomes.
This randomized, controlled study showed that Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years, but it did increase use of health care services, raise rates of diabetes detection and management, lower rates of depression, and reduce financial strain.
Workplace wellness programs can generate savings.
A critical meta-analysis of the literature on costs and savings associated with workplace disease prevention and wellness programs found that medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, which suggests that the wider adoption of such programs could prove beneficial for budgets and productivity as well as health outcomes.
Mortality and access to care among adults after state Medicaid expansions.
State Medicaid expansions to cover low-income adults were significantly associated with reduced mortality as well as improved coverage, access to care, and self-reported health.
Medicaid Increases Emergency-Department Use: Evidence from Oregon's Health Insurance Experiment
Increases in emergency-department visits across a broad range of types of visits, conditions, and subgroups are found, including increases in visits for conditions that may be most readily treatable in primary care settings.
Malpractice liability costs and the practice of medicine in the Medicare program.
It is found that higher malpractice awards and premiums are associated with higher Medicare spending, especially for imaging services that are often believed to be driven by physicians' fears of malpractice.
The Labor Market Effects of Rising Health Insurance Premiums
We estimate the effect of rising health insurance premiums on wages, employment, and the distribution of part‐time and full‐time work using variation in medical malpractice payments driven by the
Behavioral Hazard in Health Insurance
A fundamental implication of standard moral hazard models is overuse of low-value medical care because copays are lower than costs. In these models, the demand curve alone can be used to make welfare