The Bay Area has been a global leader in health, pioneering advances from biotechnology to how healthcare organizations deliver care. However, like the rest of the United States, our costs are much higher than those in the rest of the world and our outcomes, in many areas, worse. We must work to build a system that creates more health at a more sustainable price to our society. And we must build a culture of health in which individuals are empowered to make healthy choices for their lives.



International Healthcare Systems and the US Health Reform Debate

The ongoing challenges within the US healthcare system include its high costs, uneven access, and tremendous complexity. These deficits regularly generate calls for full-scale health reform from both sides of the political aisle. Republicans in …


A Pragmatic Approach to Medicaid Reform

A series of proposals at the federal level have focused on Medicaid, the healthcare coverage program for low-income people that goes by the name “Medi-Cal” in California. There has been an intense focus, in particular, …


Obamacare Critics — Be Careful What You Wish For

The following piece was written by Institute President Micah Weinberg in 2010, and despite its age, it still very relevant to the future of American health policy. August 9th, 2010 — Last week, opponents of …


Healthcare Jobs Are the New Manufacturing Jobs

The presidential election focused on the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in the United States as well as the move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which if it does nothing else, will dramatically decrease the …


Mainstreaming Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal is massive. It covers over 13 million people, more than the entire population of every state except Texas, New York, and Florida. As California’s state Medicaid program, it finances healthcare access for low-income children …


Health Reform

As with any piece of federal lawmaking, the ACA was the product of political compromise among parties and interests. Hence, it is not the dramatic change its supporters had hoped for, and it goes much …


Launch of the Prematurity Cost of Business Estimator

In partnership with the March of Dimes Foundation the Bay Area Council Economic Institute unveiled the Cost of Prematurity to Business Estimator. Prematurity is the number one cause of death for newborns in the United States, with …


Health Care Delivery

The United States’ health care system is experiencing unprecedented demand. How can we best deliver and pay for health care with the objective of creating maximum benefit to patients within the context of a system …


The Economic Impact of the Affordable Care Act on California

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the ACA”) is the most sweeping piece of social legislation in a generation. It is expected to expand healthcare coverage to roughly thirty million more Americans, undo some …