Category Archives: Health Care

Podcast on Federal Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use

Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat the behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against giving these drugs for this condition, citing an increased risk of death. Listen to our … Continue reading

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National Consumer Protection Week: A Look at Health Care Cost and Quality Information

Whether you’re in the market for a new car or a smartphone service provider, you can find websites with reviews, price comparisons, and other information for the savvy shopper. But what if you need a new hip, and you want … Continue reading

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Closer Look at a New High Risk Area—Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care

Last week, we issued our 2015 update to our High Risk List. Today, we take a closer look at 1 of the 2 new areas: Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care. In the spring and summer of 2014, delays … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness

The U.S. health care system has a range of federal programs for the millions of Americans with mental illness. Hear our podcast with Linda Kohn, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, who led a recent review on federal efforts … Continue reading

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Funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Since 1997, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided health care coverage for more than 8 million children in low-income families that don’t have health insurance, but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. This year, Congress … Continue reading

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Federal Programs Serving Native Americans

More than 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States receive approximately $19 billion in annual funding from the federal government for certain protections, services, and benefits. These federal programs cover areas ranging from education to health care to cultural preservation. … Continue reading

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GAO Commemorates World AIDS Day

On December 1, GAO joins the global community in commemorating World AIDS Day—to remember lives lost, celebrate past achievements, and highlight the ongoing international effort to address the pandemic affecting millions of people.

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Podcast on Health Care Price Transparency

As consumers pay for a growing proportion of their health care, they have an increased need for information on cost and quality before receiving care, to help them plan and make informed decisions. Transparency tools from the Centers for Medicare … Continue reading

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Responding to Infectious Diseases

Although this is the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States, it’s not the first infectious disease we’ve faced. From flu and SARS, to Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, we have had opportunities to learn from … Continue reading

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Podcast on Timely Access to Outpatient Specialty Health Care for Veterans

Delays in VA medical center care have reportedly harmed some veterans. In 2012, VA found that its consult data were not adequate to determine the extent to which veterans received timely outpatient specialty care. Hear our podcast with Debra Draper, … Continue reading

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