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General Information

The Commonwealth Fund publishes a wealth of healthcare research, as does The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The Pew Research Center conducts survey research on a range of topics, including Americans’ attitudes about healthcare.

Government and Politics

Business influence. Open Secrets publishes details on spending by the healthcare industry on lobbying, federal campaigns, and political parties in the US.

COVID spending. The US government has approved trillions of dollars in spending on the healthcare system to address the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more with the Committee for a Responsible Budget’s COVID Money Tracker.

Where your taxes go.  See how much of your federal taxes go to healthcare with the National Priorities Project Tax Receipt.

Making Healthcare More Affordable

Price transparency. ClearHealthCosts has been collecting cost data on medical services since 2010 so that patients can find the most affordable care available in the city where they live. Founded by Jeanne Pinder, a former NY Times journalist.

Financial aid. Advocatia helps hospitals connect low-income patients with financial aid programs that can help reduce their costs of care. Started by Ryan Brebner, who founded the company with his sister to make better use of available aid programs.

Related Problems: National Debt, Income & Wealth Inequality

Contributors: Eric Seaborg, Ciara McLarenGeorge Linzer

Published: May 27, 2021

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