Social spending is falling in some countries, but in many others it remains at historically high levels OECD, November 2014 In 2014, OECD countries devote more than one-fifth of their economic resources to public social support. Countries on average spent more on cash benefits (12.3% of GDP) than on social and health services (8.6% of […]
Attitudes and knowledge regarding health care policy and systems: a survey of medical students in Ontario and California By Sherif Emil, MDCM, Justine M. Nagurney, MD, Elise Mok, PhD, Michael D. Prislin, MD CMAJ OPEN, November 11, 2014 Abstract Background Canada and the United States have similar medical education systems, but different health care systems. […]
Grady, Blue Cross at impasse as contract expires By Andy Miller Georgia Health News, November 24, 2014 Contract standoffs between hospital systems and health insurers typically have a way of being resolved — often right before a deadline. But high-stakes negotiations between Grady Health System and Georgia’s biggest insurer failed to produce a new contract […]
Maybe You Don’t Need Long-Term Care Insurance After All By Ben Steverman Bloomberg, November 12, 2014 The biggest threat to a retiree’s nest egg isn’t a stock market crash. It’s a long illness requiring round-the-clock care. The statistics behind that scenario — $81,000 a year for a nursing home, $184,000 for 24-hour home care — […]
Early Impacts of the Medicaid Expansion for the Homeless Population By Barbara DiPietro, Samantha Artiga and Alexandra Gates Kaiser Family Foundation, November 13, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion offers a significant opportunity to increase coverage and improve access to care for individuals experiencing homelessness, who historically have had high uninsured rates and […]
International Survey Of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings In Access, Coordination, And Patient-Centered Care By Robin Osborn, Donald Moulds, David Squires, Michelle M. Doty and Chloe Anderson Health Affairs, November 2014 (online) Abstract Industrialized nations face the common challenge of caring for aging populations, with rising rates of chronic disease and disability. Our 2014 computer-assisted telephone […]
Avalere Analysis: Medicare Beneficiaries Will Pay Higher Out-Of-Pocket Costs As PDPs Increase Use Of Coinsurance In 2015 By Caroline F. Pearson, Vice President Avalere, November 13, 2014 First Time in History of Part D, All PDPs Will Incorporate a Specialty Tier A new analysis from Avalere Health finds that Medicare Part D prescription drug plans […]
Dig deep: Impacts and implications of rising out-of-pocket health care costs Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, November 17, 2014 Executive summary Even though more consumers are gaining health insurance coverage, they are by no means insulated from the burden of health care costs. Consumers are paying more of their health plan premium and experiencing higher […]
Health Law Turns Obama and Insurers Into Allies By Robert Pear The New York Times, November 17, 2014 With the health insurance marketplace now open for a second year, President Obama will be depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the […]
Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States By Sara R. Collins, Petra W. Rasmussen, Michelle M. Doty, and Sophie Beutel The Commonwealth Fund, November 2014 Abstract Whether they have health insurance through an employer or buy it on their own, Americans are paying more out-of-pocket for health care now than […]
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