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The combination of rising drug costs in the US and increasing financial stress for individual patients has triggered intense national concern. One target has come under particular scrutiny: rebates. A new report published by ICER and the OHE describes how alternatives to the current rebate system offer potential disadvantages as well as potential benefits. It outlines evidence presented to date and key questions that still need to be answered.

Research just published in Public Administration Review, co-authored by OHE’s Professor Graham Cookson, demonstrates that contracting out auxiliary public services may lower the quality of the core service as well as the auxiliary service. Studying NHS cleaning services, the research shows that contracted out cleaning is cheaper but lower quality and leads to worse health outcomes including higher rates of hospital-acquired infections.

Innovation is a critical tool in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that primarily affects the poor and vulnerable and ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the world. The Center for Global Development and the Office of Health Economics are proposing a new innovation model to bring better TB drugs to market. We call it the “Market-Driven, Value-Based Advance Commitment,” or MVAC for short.

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