February 2007 - While it is encouraging that President Bush made health care a theme of this year's State of the Union address, his proposal to offer tax deductions to those who buy insurance would do little to cover the nation's nearly 47 million uninsured.
March 2008 - Do racial and ethnic disparities in health care quality occur because minority Americans are treated differently by their providers, or because minorities receive care in lower-quality facilities?
January 2006 - The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on High Performance Health System has identified 10 priorities for the country to consider as it charts a course for health system reform.
May 2009 - The recent public exchange between the federal government and health care industry on the nature of the industry's commitment to cut costs highlights the difficulty of implementing effective measures to bend the health care cost curve.
March 2009 - A look at how medical homes could ensure accessible, patient-centered, and coordinated care for all Americans.
December 2008 - The 90th anniversary of The Commonwealth Fund serves as an occasion to reflect on the foundation's remarkable history and its role in supporting research and innovative practices that have driven improvements in the U.S. health care system for nearly a century.
February 2009 - Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis discusses how the reforms recommended by the Fund's Commission on High Performance Health System make a compelling case for change in our health system.
August 2008 - "Change" is on the minds of many Americans during this election cycle, and it is relevant to any discussion of the U.S. health care system as well.
November 2006 - The change in the makeup of U.S. Congress—and in statehouses across the country—signals an opportunity for health care reform.
April 2009 - Offering a "global fee" that covers a bundle of services for hospitalization and 30-day post-hospital care has great potential to improve care, reduce complications, and generate savings to finance health reform, say Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis.
March 2007 - As states around the country propose health coverage plans, the Administration and Congress must pursue their pledge to support these programs with meaningful bipartisan action.
April 2008 - Our modern health care system has spawned many specialized fields, including "patient advocacy," which offers guidance and even classes on "navigating the health care maze." But it simply shouldn't be so hard for patients to make sure that their blood test results reach the right doctor's office.
July 2008 - Belief in economic and scientific progress is deeply engrained in the American way of life. Evidence that health care in this country is slipping backward is, therefore, deeply troubling.
November 2007 - A growing number of health care stakeholders, including policymakers and insurance industry officials, are recommending that we look across the Atlantic to countries that cover all of their citizens.
January 2009 - As President Obama and the new Congress embark on an ambitious agenda to reform the American health care system, the need to develop a national policy to encourage the spread of health information technology is resurfacing as a key issue.