A behavioral blueprint for improving health care policy

G. Loewenstein, J. Schwartz, K. Ericson, J.B. Kessler, S. Bhargava, D. Hagmann, J. Blumenthal-Barby, T. D’Aunno, B. Handel, J. Kolstad, D. Nussbaum, V. Shaffer, J. Skinner, P.J. Ubel, and B.J. Zikmund-Fisher
Behavioral Science & Policy, 3 (2017), pp. 53-69.

Behavioral policy to improve health and health care often relies on interventions, such as nudges, which target individual behaviors. But the most promising applications of behavioral insights in this area involve more far-reaching and systemic interventions. In this article, we propose a series of policies inspired by behavioral research that we believe offer the greatest potential for success. These include interventions
to improve health-related behaviors, health insurance access, decisions about insurance plans, end-of-life care, and rates of medical (for example, organ and blood) donation. We conclude with a discussion of new technologies, such as electronic medical records and web- or mobile-based decision apps, which can enhance doctor and patient adherence to best medical practices. These technologies, however, also pose new challenges that can undermine the effectiveness of medical care delivery.

Wagner Faculty