David U Himmelstein

Summary

Affiliation: City University of New York
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Infective endocarditis in the U.S., 1998-2009: a nationwide study
    David H Bor
    Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases, Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e60033. 2013
  2. ncbi request reprint Response to the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that cost determine insurance policies' "essential benefits"
    David Himmelstein
    Physicians for a National Health Program, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
    Int J Health Serv 42:571-3. 2012
  3. doi request reprint Medical bankruptcy in Massachusetts: has health reform made a difference?
    David U Himmelstein
    City University of New York School of Public Health, New York, 10010, USA
    Am J Med 124:224-8. 2011
  4. pmc The health and health care of US prisoners: results of a nationwide survey
    Andrew P Wilper
    Departmentof Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, USA
    Am J Public Health 99:666-72. 2009
  5. pmc U.S. physicians' views on financing options to expand health insurance coverage: a national survey
    Danny McCormick
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:526-31. 2009
  6. pmc Free drug samples in the United States: characteristics of pediatric recipients and safety concerns
    Sarah L Cutrona
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Pediatrics 122:736-42. 2008
  7. doi request reprint Hospital computing and the costs and quality of care: a national study
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Med 123:40-6. 2010
  8. pmc Characteristics of recipients of free prescription drug samples: a nationally representative analysis
    Sarah L Cutrona
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 98:284-9. 2008
  9. ncbi request reprint Medical bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: results of a national study
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
    Am J Med 122:741-6. 2009
  10. pmc Lack of health coverage among US veterans from 1987 to 2004
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 97:2199-203. 2007

Detail Information

Publications34

  1. pmc Infective endocarditis in the U.S., 1998-2009: a nationwide study
    David H Bor
    Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases, Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e60033. 2013
    ..S. at about 4 per 100,000 population. Small-scale studies elsewhere have reported similar incidence rates. However, no nationally-representative population-based studies have verified these estimates...
  2. ncbi request reprint Response to the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that cost determine insurance policies' "essential benefits"
    David Himmelstein
    Physicians for a National Health Program, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
    Int J Health Serv 42:571-3. 2012
    ..The letter also criticizes conflicts of interest in the Institute of Medicine committee, which includes executives from two of the nation's largest health insurance firms and a major donor to the Institute...
  3. doi request reprint Medical bankruptcy in Massachusetts: has health reform made a difference?
    David U Himmelstein
    City University of New York School of Public Health, New York, 10010, USA
    Am J Med 124:224-8. 2011
    ..Massachusetts' recent health reform has decreased the number of uninsured, but no study has examined medical bankruptcy rates before and after the reform was implemented...
  4. pmc The health and health care of US prisoners: results of a nationwide survey
    Andrew P Wilper
    Departmentof Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, USA
    Am J Public Health 99:666-72. 2009
    ..We analyzed the prevalence of chronic illnesses, including mental illness, and access to health care among US inmates...
  5. pmc U.S. physicians' views on financing options to expand health insurance coverage: a national survey
    Danny McCormick
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:526-31. 2009
    ..Physician opinion can influence the prospects for health care reform, yet there are few recent data on physician views on reform proposals or access to medical care in the United States...
  6. pmc Free drug samples in the United States: characteristics of pediatric recipients and safety concerns
    Sarah L Cutrona
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Pediatrics 122:736-42. 2008
    ..Free drug samples frequently are given to children. We sought to describe characteristics of free sample recipients, to determine whether samples are given primarily to poor and uninsured children, and to examine potential safety issues...
  7. doi request reprint Hospital computing and the costs and quality of care: a national study
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Med 123:40-6. 2010
    ..However, no previous studies have examined computerization's cost and quality impacts at a diverse national sample of hospitals...
  8. pmc Characteristics of recipients of free prescription drug samples: a nationally representative analysis
    Sarah L Cutrona
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 98:284-9. 2008
    ..Free prescription drug samples are used widely in the United States. We sought to examine characteristics of free drug sample recipients nationwide...
  9. ncbi request reprint Medical bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: results of a national study
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
    Am J Med 122:741-6. 2009
    ..Our 2001 study in 5 states found that medical problems contributed to at least 46.2% of all bankruptcies. Since then, health costs and the numbers of un- and underinsured have increased, and bankruptcy laws have tightened...
  10. pmc Lack of health coverage among US veterans from 1987 to 2004
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 97:2199-203. 2007
    ..We sought to determine how many veterans were uninsured, trends in veterans' coverage, and whether uninsured veterans lacked access to medical care...
  11. pmc Access to care, health status, and health disparities in the United States and Canada: results of a cross-national population-based survey
    Karen E Lasser
    Department of Medicine, The Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass, USA
    Am J Public Health 96:1300-7. 2006
    ..We compared health status, access to care, and utilization of medical services in the United States and Canada and compared disparities according to race, income, and immigrant status...
  12. ncbi request reprint The new Massachusetts health reform: half a step forward and three steps back
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Physicians for a National Health Program, USA
    Hastings Cent Rep 36:19-21. 2006
  13. ncbi request reprint Single-payer national health insurance. Physicians' views
    Danny McCormick
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:300-4. 2004
    ..One proposed solution is a single-payer health care financing system with universal coverage. Yet, physicians' views of such a system have not been well studied...
  14. doi request reprint Waits to see an emergency department physician: U.S. trends and predictors, 1997-2004
    Andrew P Wilper
    Harvard Medical School affiliated with the Cambridge Health Alliance, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 27:w84-95. 2008
    ..2 percent per year. Blacks, Hispanics, women, and patients seen in urban EDs waited longer than other patients did...
  15. pmc Health insurance and mortality in US adults
    Andrew P Wilper
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Am J Public Health 99:2289-95. 2009
    ..A 1993 study found a 25% higher risk of death among uninsured compared with privately insured adults. We analyzed the relationship between uninsurance and death with more recent data...
  16. ncbi request reprint Massachusetts' approach to universal coverage: high hopes and faulty economic logic
    David U Himmelstein
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Int J Health Serv 37:251-7. 2007
    ..Hence, it is unlikely to achieve universal coverage or to stabilize the state's health care financing system...
  17. ncbi request reprint Relationship between low quality-of-care scores and HMOs' subsequent public disclosure of quality-of-care scores
    Danny McCormick
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    JAMA 288:1484-90. 2002
    ..But, because disclosure is voluntary, some HMOs could subvert these objectives by refusing to release unfavorable data...
  18. ncbi request reprint A national study of chronic disease prevalence and access to care in uninsured U.S. adults
    Andrew P Wilper
    Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Ann Intern Med 149:170-6. 2008
    ..No recent national studies have assessed chronic illness prevalence or access to care among persons without insurance in the United States...
  19. pmc Life and health insurance industry investments in fast food
    Arun V Mohan
    Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 100:1029-30. 2010
    ..Insurers own $1.88 billion of stock in the 5 leading fast food companies. We argue that insurers ought to be held to a higher standard of corporate responsibility, and we offer potential solutions...
  20. ncbi request reprint Health care administration in the United States and Canada: micromanagement, macro costs
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Int J Health Serv 34:65-78. 2004
    ..2 to 27.3 percent; in Canada it grew from 16.0 percent in 1971 to 19.1 percent in 1996. Reducing U.S. administrative costs to Canadian levels would save at least dollar 209 billion annually, enough to fund universal coverage...
  21. ncbi request reprint Our health care system at the crossroads: single payer or market reform?
    David U Himmelstein
    The Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Ann Thorac Surg 84:1435-46. 2007
  22. pmc Competition in a publicly funded healthcare system
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, USA
    BMJ 335:1126-9. 2007
  23. ncbi request reprint Costs of health care administration in the United States and Canada
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass, USA
    N Engl J Med 349:768-75. 2003
    ..We investigated whether the ascendancy of computerization, managed care, and the adoption of more businesslike approaches to health care have decreased administrative costs...
  24. pmc Treating opioid addiction with buprenorphine-naloxone in community-based primary care settings
    Ira L Mintzer
    Harvard Medical School Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Ann Fam Med 5:146-50. 2007
    ..Efficacy of this treatment in non-research clinical settings has not been studied. We examined the efficacy and practicality of buprenorphine-naloxone treatment in primary care settings...
  25. pmc Sources of U.S. physician income: the contribution of government payments to the specialist-generalist income gap
    Karen E Lasser
    Department of Medicine, The Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:1477-81. 2008
    ..Physician income varies threefold among specialties. Lower incomes have produced shortages in primary care fields...
  26. ncbi request reprint Medicare overpayments to private plans, 1985-2012: shifting seniors to private plans has already cost Medicare US$282.6 billion
    Ida Hellander
    The City University of New York, School of Public Health at Hunter College, New York, NY 10024, USA
    Int J Health Serv 43:305-19. 2013
    ..It is time to end Medicare's costly experiment with privatization. The U.S. needs to adopt a single-payer national health insurance program with effective methods for controlling costs...
  27. ncbi request reprint Illness and injury as contributors to bankruptcy
    David U Himmelstein
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) . 2005
    ..7 percent had insurance at the onset of illness. Medical debtors were 42 percent more likely than other debtors to experience lapses in coverage. Even middle-class insured families often fall prey to financial catastrophe when sick...
  28. pmc The high costs of for-profit care
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    CMAJ 170:1814-5. 2004
  29. ncbi request reprint Proposal of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
    JAMA 290:798-805. 2003
    ..An NHI program is the only affordable option for universal, comprehensive coverage...
  30. pmc Consumer directed healthcare: except for the healthy and wealthy it's unwise
    Steffie Woolhandler
    The Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 22:879-81. 2007
    ..They offer little hope of slowing the growth of health care costs and add further bureaucratic costs and complexity to our health care financing system...
  31. ncbi request reprint National health insurance: liberal benefits, conservative spending
    Steffie Woolhandler
    Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Arch Intern Med 162:973-5. 2002
  32. pmc No care for the caregivers: declining health insurance coverage for health care personnel and their children, 1988-1998
    Brady G S Case
    Harvard Medical School, 955 Massachusetts Ave, PMB 321, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Am J Public Health 92:404-8. 2002
    ..This study examined trends in health insurance coverage for health care workers and their children between 1988 and 1998...
  33. ncbi request reprint Hope and hype: predicting the impact of electronic medical records
    David U Himmelstein
    Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 24:1121-3. 2005
    ..The RAND analysis continues the tradition of hope and hype. Unfortunately, behind their impressive predictions of savings lie a disturbing array of unproven assumptions, wishful thinking, and special effects...
  34. ncbi request reprint Timing of new black box warnings and withdrawals for prescription medications
    Karen E Lasser
    Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    JAMA 287:2215-20. 2002
    ..Recently approved drugs may be more likely to have unrecognized adverse drug reactions (ADRs) than established drugs, but no recent studies have examined how frequently postmarketing surveillance identifies important ADRs...