Informing American Health Care Policy provides a critical perspective on the National Medical ExpAnditure Surveys (NMES) and how these surveys have responded to the sometimes conflicting challenges of policy and research. Sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and written by a stellar panel of interdisciplinary experts including contributions from nationally known economists, sociologists, and survey researchers, this essential resource is filled with lessons learned and emerging strategies for the future.
"... Informing American Health Care Policy is a useful, even entertaining book for anyone who uses health data or who wants to understand the history and evolution of expAnditure surveys." (Health Affairs May/June 2000)
"In this important book, the lead researchers associated with NMES describe the development of this rich data source and, in a series of well-crafted papers, illustrate the use of these data in informing major areas of health policy. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American health policy-especially for younger professionals entering this growing field." (Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University)
"National health expenditure surveys have provided policymakers with the information they need to make informed decisions. This volume tells us about the evolution and contributions of the federal government's most ambitious health care survey. I recommAnd it for those interested in improving the quality of data available to those who formulate policy." (John K. Iglehart, founding editor, Health Affairs)
"I enjoyed reading this book. Thanks to the major investment in health expAnditure and insurance surveys and the increasingly sophisticated analytic capacity described in this volume, policy officials now have a much more precise and up-to-date understanding of the implications of policy choices." (Karen Davis, president, The Commonwealth Fund; developed President Carter's 1977 national health reform proposal)
"Thoughtful and informed reflections on the lessons learned by NMES. Provides sound guidance and procedures required to address the Anduring policy questions of Who's covered? Who pays?, and How much? in the emerging U.S. health care environment of the future." (Lu Ann Aday, professor of behavioral sciences and management and policy sciences, the University of Texas School of Public Health; and author, Designing and Conducting Health Surveys, Fourth Edition)