By the end of the first open enrollment period for coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, increasing numbers of people said they found it easy to find a plan they could afford, according to The Commonwealth Fund’s Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, April–June 2014.
In many communities across the United States, poverty is a depressingly reliable indicator of health outcomes and health system performance. a new photo-rich interactive feature examines three communities that are exceptions to this rule: Southern Arizona, West Central Michigan, and Western New York.
Administrative costs account for 25 percent of total U.S. hospital spending, according to a new study that compares these costs across eight nations. The United States had the highest administrative costs; Scotland and Canada had the lowest.