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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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…
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.
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…
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…
Kaiser Family Foundation Forum: World Progress in Maternal and Child Health, and the Future Role for the U.S.
This webcast captures the May 24, 2010, forum examining progress in improving maternal and child health worldwide, and the role on the U.S. in pursuing those efforts.
This Kaiser/CSIS forum examines the global health and development outcomes of the June Group of Eight and the Group of 20 Summits held in Canada.
This November 16, 2010, webcast features an expert panel exploring the future of U.S. multilateral engagement on global health. It is part of the Foundation’s U.S. Global Health Policy: In Focus series.
This webcast features an expert panel discussing the U.S. government’s global response to TB and key challenges in combating the disease around the world.
Senator Frist, currently a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, has published a memoir, A Heart to Serve in
which he describes how “medicine can truly be a currency for peace in our world.”