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Half a century after the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, racial discrimination endures in many areas of American life, including healthcare. A new paper in Health Affairs, co-authored by Amitabh Chandra, faculty chair of the HKS Healthcare Policy Program, considers the problem of inadequate or inferior health care for minority patients and offers several recommendations for improving the situation in the U.S.


"Measuring consumer responsiveness to medical care prices is a central issue in health economics and a key ingredient in the optimal design and regulation of health insurance markets. We leverage[d] a natural experiment at a large self-insured firm that requires all of its employees to switch from an insurance plan that provided free health care to a nonlinear, high-deductible plan. The switch caused a spending reduction between 11.8% and 13.8% of total firm-wide health spending."


Amitabh Chandra
Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Healthcare Policy Program

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Related: Amitabh Chandra wins 2018 NIHCM Research and Journalism Award


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