This paper reviews the evidence on the promise of behavioral economics to improve health outcomes through provider-facing interventions in five critical health areas. The analysis draws from the limited existing evidence base on this topic to suggest where and how behavioral economics interventions may be most impactful and where further research may contribute most to building the knowledge base.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that countries are at different stages of the COVID-19 epidemic/transmission scenario. However, public health measures that WHO recommends for all scenarios include social distancing. To ensure continuation of contraceptive access and services, including counseling and shared decision making, a number of adaptations to existing systems are required. In particular, maximizing the use of a “no-touch” approach to care whenever possible is essential.

To manage COVID-19 epidemics going forward, communities in the United States need: (1) ready access to rapid diagnostic tests for all symptomatic cases or those with a reasonable suspicion of COVID-19 exposure; (2) widespread serological testing to understand underlying rates of infection and identify those who have developed immunity and could potentially return to work or school without fear of becoming infected; and (3) the ability to trace all contacts of reported cases.

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