About the Initiative

The Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy produces rigorous evidence and analysis to inform health care policy debates by illuminating how the health care system works and how policymakers can improve it. The Initiative’s work focuses on four areas:

Health Care Services

The Initiative studies how to reduce health care costs and improve quality, through strengthened competition and improved provider payment in public programs and private insurance.

Prescription Drugs

The Initiative identifies strategies to ensure affordability of and access to existing and future drugs through improved regulation of prescription drug markets, bolstered pharmaceutical supply chains, and better targeted public investments in research and infrastructure.

Health Insurance

The Initiative investigates how to expand access to care, promote financial security, and reduce the cost of insurance coverage by improving the design of Medicare and Medicaid and reforming how we subsidize and regulate private insurance.

Mental Health and Addiction

The Initiative develops innovative approaches to confront the mental health and addiction crises by reforming coverage and payment for behavioral health care and improving integration of behavioral health care with other health and human services.


The Initiative was formerly a partnership between the Economic Studies program at Brookings and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. Click here for more on the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. 


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