As 2019 comes to an end, we take time to recognize the most-read Health Affairs articles of this past year.
The list below covers a broad range of topics from health spending to Medicaid expansion, from the cost of drugs to the role of the social determinants of health. If you read the article when they were first published, we encourage you to revisit them. If they’re new to you, we hope you dig in and find out why they were so popular.
Health Affairs is grateful to all of the authors we publish in our pages. Here’s to a year ahead with yet more rigorous research and the kind of path-breaking studies that continue to advance the field and shape policy in new ways.
1. National Health Expenditure Projections, 2018–27: Economic And Demographic Trends Drive Spending And Enrollment Growth by Andrea M. Sisko, Sean P. Keehan, John A. Poisal, Gigi A. Cuckler, Sheila D. Smith, Andrew J. Madison, Kathryn E. Rennie, and James C. Hardesty
2. It’s Still The Prices, Stupid: Why The US Spends So Much On Health Care, And A Tribute To Uwe Reinhardt by Gerard F. Anderson, Peter Hussey, and Varduhi Petrosyan
3. Antipoverty Impact Of Medicaid Growing With State Expansions Over Time by Naomi Zewde and Christopher Wimer
4. The Contribution Of New Product Entry Versus Existing Product Inflation In The Rising Costs Of Drugs by Inmaculada Hernandez, Chester B. Good, David M. Cutler, Walid F. Gellad, Natasha Parekh, and William H. Shrank
5. The Forgotten Middle: Many Middle-Income Seniors Will Have Insufficient Resources For Housing And Health Care by Caroline F. Pearson, Charlene C. Quinn, Sai Loganathan, A. Rupa Datta, Beth Burnham Mace, and David C. Grabowski
6. Hospital Prices Grew Substantially Faster Than Physician Prices For Hospital-Based Care In 2007–14 by Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor, Nir J. Harish, Harlan M. Krumholz, and John Van Reenen
7. National Health Care Spending In 2017: Growth Slows To Post–Great Recession Rates; Share Of GDP Stabilizes by Anne B. Martin, Micah Hartman, Benjamin Washington, Aaron Catlin, and The National Health Expenditure Accounts Team
8. The Relationship Between Health Spending And Social Spending In High-Income Countries: How Does The US Compare? by Irene Papanicolas, Liana R. Woskie, Duncan Orlander, E. John Orav, and Ashish K. Jha
9. Top-Funded Digital Health Companies And Their Impact On High-Burden, High-Cost Conditions by Kyan Safavi, Simon C. Mathews, David W. Bates, E. Ray Dorsey, and Adam B. Cohen
10. Decreases In Readmissions Credited To Medicare’s Program To Reduce Hospital Readmissions Have Been Overstated by Christopher Ody, Lucy Msall, Leemore S. Dafny, David C. Grabowski, and David M. Cutler
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