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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning

Recent legislation, including the stimulus package and the new health reform law, invests substantial funds in health information technology which can help prevent medical errors and improve the quality and value of care. However, questions have been raised about the cost of implementation and personal privacy considerations. This briefing addressed…

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Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2013

This annual report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) evaluates international efforts to finance the response to the AIDS epidemic. The analysis finds that donor governments in 2013 committed US$8.1 billion in new funding to support the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries, down 3 percent from 2012. The drop in new commitments occurred even though actual disbursements for HIV increased to $8.5 billion in 2013, up 8 percent from 2012.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pharmaceutical Policy and Pricing: Are Other Countries Getting Greater Value?

Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. rose at a faster clip in 2009 than spending for hospital and physician care, a trend that is expected to continue through 2020. The desire to get a handle on drug spending is a focus not only in the U.S. but in other…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Role of Independent Commissions in Controlling Costs and Enhancing Value: International Lessons

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund co-sponsored this briefing to examine the quasi-governmental authorities that Germany, the Netherlands and France have established to control health care costs, oversee quality, and regulate insurance and provider payment. How and why have these quasi-governmental authorities come into being? What is…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care Costs: A Primer

This primer on health care spending in the United States reviews the growth in health care spending since 1970 and the impact of health care costs on families and employers. The share of the economy devoted to health care increased from 7.2 percent in 1970 to 17.9 percent in 2009…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Exploring HHS’ Role in Global Health & New Global Health Strategy

This Kaiser Family Foundation and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services briefing explores the Department’s role in global health and its Global Health Strategy. The event features opening remarks by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Global Child Survival Efforts: Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday

This Kaiser Family Foundation briefing explores global child survival efforts, including where progress is being made, financial challenges and constraints, and opportunities for further engagement by the U.S. and others.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.S. Global AIDS Efforts to Help Orphans & Vulnerable Children

On June 26, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing examining the role and policies of the U.S. government and faith-based organizations in helping children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic. The event featured John Donnelly, global health journalist with GlobalPost and author of the forthcoming book, A Twist…

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Donor Government Assistance for Family Planning in 2012

This report establishes a baseline level of donor government funding for family planning activities in 2012 that can be used to track total international assistance funding levels for family planning over time as well as commitments donor governments made at last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. It finds donor governments provided about US$900 million in bilateral funding for family planning programs in 2012, and an additional US$432 million in core contributions to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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