About Publications

Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations ... Released: January 13, 2004
    The report is the culmination of a series that offers the most comprehensive examination to date of the consequences of lack of health insurance on individuals, their families, communities and the whole society. The principles to guide health finance reform that are recommended in this sixth and final report of the series are based on the evidence reviewed in the Committee's previous five reports and on new analyses of past and present federal, state, and local efforts to reduce uninsurance.
  • Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America : Health ... Released: June 18, 2003
    Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America, the fifth of a series of six reports on the consequences of uninsurance in the United States, illustrates some of the economic and social losses to the country of maintaining so many people without health insurance. The report explores the potential economic and societal benefits that could be realized if everyone had health insurance on a continuous basis, as people over age 65 currently do with Medicare.
  • Uninsurance in America : Health and Medicine Division Released: April 16, 2003
    The report, Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations was released to the public on Wednesday, January 14, 2004.
  • A Shared Destiny: Community Effects of Uninsurance : Health ... Released: April 02, 2003
    A Shared Destiny: Community Effects of Uninsurance is the fourth of a series of six reports on the problems of uninsurance in the United States. The report examines how the quality, quantity, and scope of health services within the community can be affected adversely by having a large or growing uninsured population.
  • Health Insurance is a Family Matter : Health and Medicine ... Released: September 18, 2002
    Health Insurance Is a Family Matter is the third of a series of six reports on the problems of uninsurance in the United States and addresses the impact on the family of not having health insurance. The report examines the consequences for family health, financial stability, and general well-being. In the report, the Committee concludes that the financial, physical, and emotional well-being of all members of a family may be adversely affected if any family member lacks coverage. .
  • Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late : Health and ... Released: May 21, 2002
    Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late, the second report in a series of six from the Institiute of Medicine's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, examines the real consequences for adults who lack health insurance.
  • Coverage Matters: Insurance and Health Care : Health and ... Released: October 11, 2001
    This is the first of six reports on the problems of uninsurance in the United States and address the extent to which Americans are without coverage, identifies social, economic, and policy factors that contribute to the situation, and reports the relative probability of being uninsured for various groups.