Publications

2009
Cutler, David M, Karen Davis, and Kristof Stremikis. 2009. Why Health Reform Will Bend the Cost Curve. Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief. Website Abstract

The health reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration in the Senate introduce a range of payment and delivery system changes designed to achieve a significant slowing of health care cost growth. Most assessments of health reform legislation have focused only on the federal budgetary impact. This study projects the effect of national reform on total national health expenditures and the insurance premiums that American families would likely pay. We estimate that the combination of provisions in the House and Senate bills would save $683 billion or more in national health spending over the 10-year period 2010–2019 and lower premiums by nearly $2,000 per family. Moreover, the annual growth rate in national health expenditures could be slowed from 6.4 percent to 6.0 percent.

Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability Among the Elderly
Cutler, David M, and David Wise. 2009. Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability Among the Elderly. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Website
Cutler, David M, Karen Davis, and Kristof Stremikis. 2009. Why Health Reform Will Bend the Cost Curve. Center for American Progress and The Commonwealth Fund. Abstract

The health reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration in the Senate introduce a range of payment and delivery system changes designed to achieve a significant slowing of health care cost growth. Most assessments of health reform legislation have focused only on the federal budgetary impact. This study projects the effect of national reform on total national health expenditures and the insurance premiums that American families would likely pay. We estimate that the combination of provisions in the House and Senate bills would save $683 billion or more in national health spending over the 10-year period 2010–2019 and lower premiums by nearly $2,000 per family. Moreover, the annual growth rate in national health expenditures could be slowed from 6.4 percent to 6.0 percent.

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2008
Cutler, David, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2008. “Education and Health: Evaluating Theories and Evidence.” Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as HealthPolicy, edited by J House, R Schoeni, G Kaplan, and H Pollack. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Website
Cutler, David, Amy Finkelstein, and Kathleen McGarry. 2008. “Preference Heterogeneity and Insurance Markets: Explaining a Puzzle of Insurance.” American Economic Review.
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Cutler, David M, Edward L Glaeser, and Jacob Vigdor. 2008. “When Are Ghettos Bad? Lessons from Immigrant Segregation In the United States.” Journal of Urban Economics 63 (3): 759-774. Website
Cutler, David M, Ellen Meara, and Seth Richards. 2008. “The Gap Gets Bigger: Changes in Mortality and Life Expectancy by Education, 1981-2000.” Health Affairs 27 (2): 350-360. Website
Cutler, David M, Edward L Glaeser, and Jacob Vigdor. 2008. “Is the Melting Pot Still Hot? Explaining the Resurgence of Immigrant Segregation.” Review of Economics and Statistics 90 (3): 478-497. Website
Cutler, David M, Sara Bleich, Christopher Murray, and Alyce Adams. 2008. “Why Is The Developed World Obese?” Annual Review of Public Health 29: 273-295 . Website
Cutler, David M. 2008. “Medical Care, US Style: A Little of Everything.” Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation, edited by Peter Shuck James HQ and Wilson. New York: Public Affairs. Website
Cutler, David M, Ken Langa, Eric Larson, Jason Karlawish, Mohammed Kabeto, Scott Kim, and Allison B Rosen. 2008. “Trends in the Prevalence and Mortality of Cognitive Impairment in the United States: Is There Evidence of a Compression of Cognitive Morbidity?” Alzheimers and Dementia 4 (2): 134-144. Website
Cutler, David M, Joseph Lapado, Udo Hoffman, Fabian Bamberg, John T Nagurney, Milt Weinstein, and Scott Gazelle. 2008. “Cost Effectiveness of Coronary MDCT in the Triage of Patients with Acute Chest Pain.” American Journal of Roentgenology 191 (2): 455-463 . Website
Cutler, David M, Allison B Rosen, Susan T Stewart, and Rebecca M Woodward. 2008. “The Impact of Symptoms and Impairments on Overall Health in US National Health Data.” Medical Care 46 (9): 954-962. Website
Cutler, David M. 2008. “Health Care in the Next Administration.” New England Journal of Medicine 359 (15). Website
Cutler, David M. 2008. “Are We Finally Winning the War on Cancer?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 22 (4): 3-26. Website
Cutler, David M, Bradford J Delong, and Ann Marie Marciarille. 2008. “Why Obama's Health Plan is Better.” Wall Street Journal, sec. Opinion. Website
2007
Cutler, David M, Sara Bleich, Alyce Adams, Rafael Lozano, and Christopher Murray. 2007. “Impact of Insurance and Supply of Health Professionals on Coverage of Treatment of Hypertension: Evidence from Mexico.” British Medical Journal 335: 875-878. Website
Cutler, David M, Allison B Rosen, Douglas M Rosen, Hsou Mei Hu, and Sandeep Vijan. 2007. “The Value of Coronary Heart Disease Care for the Elderly: 1987-2002.” Health Affairs 26 (1): 111-123. Website
Cutler, David M, Genia Long, Ernst R Berndt, Jimmy Royer, Andrée-Anne Fournier, Alicia Sasser, and Pierre Cremieux. 2007. “The Value of Antihypertensive Drugs: A Perspective on Medical Innovation.” Health Affairs 26 (1): 97-100. Website
Cutler, David M, and Allison B Rosen. 2007. “Measuring Medical Care Productivity: A Proposal for U.S. National Health Accounts.” Survey of Current Business, 54-58 . Website

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