About Us

The National Center for Health Research analyzes and explains the latest research-based information that patients, policy makers, and the public can use to improve their own health and to develop better health programs and policies.   The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare in the world, but we don’t live as long as men and women in Europe, Australia, or Canada. Our name was formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

21st Century Cures Act: Yes or No? No: Act’s promise of quick cures is a brew of ultra-hype mixed with snake oil - Imagine that you or someone you love has a potentially fatal disease with no proven treatment, but there is a new experimental treatment available. Would you rather be given that treatment for free by a top physician who carefully monitors your treatment as part of a clinical trial to study whether it works, or, would you rather pay more than $100,000 a year for the same experimental drug and hope your doctor gives you the right dose? Continue reading
CMS panel tepid on interventions for patients with chronic venous disease - James Clark, Healio July 21, 2016 A panel of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee of the CMS voted that it has moderate confidence that there is sufficient evidence for intervention that improves health outcomes for certain adults … Continue reading
Physician, Patient Advocates: Don’t Exempt CME From Sunshine Reporting - In contrast to most other physician societies, the National Physicians Alliance opposes exempting journal articles and other so-called continuing medical education from Sunshine Act reporting because the group's members say drug and medical device makers should not pay for educating doctors. Continue reading
Dems’ Platform Highlights ACA, Reproductive Rights - By Joyce Frieden, MEDPAGE July 5, 2016 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), high prescription drug costs, and reproductive health all figure prominently in the Democratic Party’s new draft platform. The draft platform, released Friday, touched several other items of interest … Continue reading
Selling Side Effects: Big Pharma’s Marketing Machine - By Michelle Llamas, Drugwatch 2016 Convincing people they are sick and need a drug is a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2015, Big Pharma dropped a record-breaking $5.4 billion on direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads, according to Kantar Media. And it paid off for Big … Continue reading


We are in the process of planning an Introductory Patient Training Workshop which will take place on October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Please read this flyer for more information about the purpose and details of the Workshop. Preference will be given to applications received by July 31, 2016. You can apply for the workshop here: http://goo.gl/forms/CxFrg61Qk15pxvyw1

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Sign On To Our Letter To Congress

Congress is working on a law that would lower the standards for new medical products. Congress says it will benefit patients, but to be a “cure” a treatment should actually help patients, not just enrich stockholders. If you want safe medications instead of expensive, ineffective ones, please add your name to this letter. To learn more about the problems with this bill, click here.

What You Need To Know

Misleading Drug Ads

Do you think drug ads are providing helpful information or selling us a fantasy about miracle cures?

Latest Study Results of Essure Contraceptive

See our 2015 survey results about problems with Essure permanent birth control.

Letters to Annie

Find out about our #LetterstoAnnie project. What killed Annie, a healthy young woman? How can you protect yourself or your daughter? Each week, we will unravel the mystery through letters from Annie’s mom to her daughterwww.letterstoannie.org

Some Contraceptives Are Safer Than Others 

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a birth control pill or implant, click here.

Patient Advocacy Workshop

Patient advocates from across the country joined us for a day of training to learn more about the FDA process and how patients can have their voices heard.

Is that Screening Necessary? Physician Experts Say Maybe Not

25 major medical groups recommended which medical tests you DON’T need.  Why pay for tests that might even hurt you?

What You Need to Know About YAZ Birth Control

YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to put women at an increased risk for serious blood clots. Read why. Or read about all your birth control options. For updates on what we've been up to at the NCHR, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.