Just a reminder that some folks are still trying to keep the single-payer dream alive:
Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.
But gaining access to that insurance soon proved . . . → Read More: Is a Single-Payer System Still on the Table?
There’s been a lot of talk about the so-called Oregon Experiment. Oregon conducts an annual lottery for a few precious spots in its state Medicaid program. Recently, a group of researchers looked into the program, as a look as to whether an expanded Medicaid makes any difference to people’s health.
Well, Kaiser Health News . . . → Read More: The Oregon Medicaid Lottery, a Winner’s Story
It may not feel like it, but per capita U.S. prescription drug spending has dropped for the first time ever:
Americans’ per capita spending on prescription drugs fell last year for the first time on record, according to a report released Thursday by the IMS Institute For Healthcare Informatics firm headquartered in Danbury, Conn., which . . . → Read More: U.S. Prescription Drug Spending Per Capita Drops… For the First Time
If you thought hospital prices have no rhyme or reason, it turns out you’re right:
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Much of the healthcare debate has centered on the question of “choice,” but are we trapped already?
There’s a man who hates his job. Oh, there are lots of them but this guy can’t quit and his boss knows it. His son has asthma and has been in and out of the hospital since . . . → Read More: Are Americans Trapped By Their Health Insurance?
Ezra Klein of The Washington Post breaks down some of the conundrum:
Health care is an unusual product in that it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, for the customer to say “no.” In certain cases, the customer is passed out, or otherwise incapable of making decisions about her care, and the decisions are made by . . . → Read More: Healthcare: Can the Patient Ever Really Say No?
A new study breaks it down:
Decades of data have shown time and again that the U.S. has the costliest health care system in the world by a variety of measures.
Still, a report released by the International Federation of Health Plans (i.e., health insurance companies) today provides a striking reminder of just how much . . . → Read More: Breakdown: Americans Pay How Much More For Healthcare?
The Time Magazine article on healthcare costs has been generating a lot of conversation on problems in the U.S. healthcare system. The author, Steven Brill, spoke to Fox Business about some of the issues recently:
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Do you think that the government needs to step in to keep costs down? . . . → Read More: Are Healthcare Costs Killing Us? Steven Brill Talks to Fox Business
Are we part of the problem? One doctor described his frustration with trying to control medical costs:
Earlier that week, for example, he had tried to avoid ordering a costly M.R.I. scan for a patient who had been suffering from headaches. After a thorough examination, my colleague was convinced the headaches were the result of . . . → Read More: Are Patients the Problem with Health Care Costs?
I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan, so I had to share the sad humor in this commentary about last week’s episode and our current health care situation:
“It is not confirmed that I am ill, your ladyship,” responds the very-private Mrs. Hughes, who has been tentatively diagnosed with cancer. “I’ve had a test, and . . . → Read More: Do We Need “Downton Abbey” Health Coverage?”