Analyzing the Relationship Between Material Hardship and Health Care Use and Spending

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There is growing consensus that efforts to improve health outcomes and contain costs for high-need and vulnerable patients must include a focus on patients’ nonmedical needs. Evidence demonstrates that addressing material hardships, such as unstable housing, contributes to better outcomes and reduces health care spending. Still, comprehensive national data are lacking on the prevalence and nature of material hardships, as well as the relationship between these hardships and health care use and spending.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Urban Institute
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
$175,129.00
Approval Date:
November 10, 2015
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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