Milbank.pdf [article]

Social policies might not only improve economic well-being, but also health. Health policy experts have therefore advocated for investments in social policies both to improve population health and potentially reduce health system costs. • Since the 1960s, a large number of social policies have been experimentally evaluated in the United States. Some of these experiments include health outcomes, providing a unique opportunity to inform evidence-based policymaking. • Our comprehensive review and
more » ... eta-analysis of these experiments find suggestive evidence of health benefits associated with investments in early life, income support, and health insurance interventions. However, most studies were underpowered to detect health outcomes. Context: Insurers and health care providers are investing heavily in nonmedical social interventions in an effort to improve health and potentially reduce health care costs. Methods: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of all known randomized social experiments in the United States that included health
doi:10.7916/d8-cnwd-s484 fatcat:5xmjio3x3rdv7nr3d4smbkpsgu