Australian Health Care — The Challenge of Reform in a Fragmented System By Jane Hall, Ph.D. The New England Journal of Medicine, August 6, 2015 The Australian health care system appears remarkably successful in delivering good health outcomes with reasonable cost control. Australians enjoy one of the longest life expectancies and a long healthy life […]
Primary Care Providers’ Views of Recent Trends in Health Care Delivery and Payment By Jamie Ryan, Michelle M. Doty, Liz Hamel, Mira Norton, Melinda K. Abrams, Mollyann Brodie The Commonwealth Fund and The Kaiser Family Foundation, August 5, 2015 In recent years, the U.S. primary care delivery system has experienced many changes in the way […]
The All-Payer Rate Setting Model for Pricing Medical Services and Drugs By Gerard Anderson, PhD, and Bradley Herring, PhD AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2015 In theory, the price set by a competitive market-oriented health care system should result in efficient (and presumably ethical) rates for hospitals, physicians, drugs, and other health care services. In […]
AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2015 “In a single-payer system, a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Would you like to see a single-payer health care system in the US?” “Yes.” 93% (14) “No.” 0% (0) “Don’t know.” 7% […]
Dentists and Skin in the Game By Paul Krugman The New York Times, July 30, 2015 Wonkblog (The Washington Post, 7/29) has a post inspired by the dentist who paid a lot of money to shoot Cecil the lion, asking why he — and dentists in general — make so much money. Interesting stuff; I’ve […]
Modernizing Medicare’s Benefit Design and Low-Income Subsidies to Ensure Access and Affordability By Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis, Christine Buttorff, and Martin Andersen The Commonwealth Fund, July 8, 2015 Abstract Insurance coverage through the traditional Medicare program is complex, fragmented, and incomplete. Beneficiaries must purchase supplemental private insurance to fill in the gaps. While impoverished beneficiaries […]
Statement Introducing the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2015 Rep. Jim McDermott, U.S. House of Representatives, July 28, 2015 Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation that will give states the tools they need to guarantee the health security of their citizens. The State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2015 establishes a new […]
Obamacare works in California. Here’s why. By Peter V. Lee, James C. Robinson Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2015 Early reports that 2016 health insurance premiums would increase in double digits brought out the usual cadre of critics to claim — once again — that Obamacare is not financially sustainable. We now have the full […]
Priceless safety net reaches Golden Anniversary Medicare’s impressive milestone is reason to celebrate the safety net and time for supporters to wake up to threat of increased privatization By Wendell Potter medicareresources.org, July 23, 2015r Happy birthday, Medicare! Happy Golden Anniversary! The fact that we have such a special milestone to celebrate means that the […]
Wrong Prescription? The failed promise of the Affordable Care Act By Trudy Lieberman Harper’s Magazine, July 2015 It’s bad enough that the A.C.A. is fattening up the health-care industry and hollowing out coverage for the middle class. Even worse, the law is accelerating what I call the Great Cost Shift, which transfers the growing price […]
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