Older Americans Were Sicker And Faced More Financial Barriers To Health Care Than Counterparts In Other Countries

Health care systems across highincome countries share the challenge of an aging population with unprecedented levels of chronic illness.1 Often these older adults are living with frailty, advanced illness, or diminished ability to manage the basic activities of daily living, such as preparing meals, bathing, or managing one’s medications. Across countries, health care spending is […]

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

As our recent eight-nation bracket tournament showed, many people think the United States health care system has a lot of problems. So it seems reasonable to think of policy changes that make things better, not worse. Making it harder for immigrants to come here to practice medicine would fail that test. The American system relies to a […]

Medicare for All? First, Make Medicare Great Again.

The political momentum on the left for Medicare for All, fueled by Republicans’ dramatic failure to repeal Obamacare, has been tempered lately by an attack of the piecemeals. Some liberals are warning that the political hurdles for government-provided health care cannot be surmounted at once—that advances must ushered in slowly and incrementally, to minimize disruption. […]

One Woman’s Slide From Middle Class to Medicaid

DEDHAM, Mass. — A dozen or so years into retirement, Rita Sherman had plenty going for her financially. Recently widowed, she had a net worth of roughly $600,000 as of 1998. Her health was excellent, and she dutifully purchased a long-term care insurance policy that would cover three years of nursing home costs should she ever need help. […]