While we eagerly await the arrival of our new dean Katherine Baicker in a few short weeks, check out a recently published study on health care that was co-authored by Baicker and two of her colleagues in the health policy field: surgeon and Harvard Medical School professor Atul Gawande and fellow health economist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Ben Sommers.
The experts examined the health effects of insurance coverage in America. With the current political turmoil over the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the study was a timely examination into the benefits (so to speak) of affordable health care. From a thorough examination of previous studies and health care expansions, they came to the conclusion that the expansion of insurance coverage reduces illness and death, and generally allows people to lead healthy lives.
The study, titled "Health Insurance Coverage and Health - What the Recent Evidence Tells Us" was published in June by The New England Journal of Medicine. You may read the study in its entirety here.