Etienne Deffarges: 5 Things We Must Do To Improve the US Healthcare System | by Dr. William Seeds | Authority Magazine | August 25, 2020 “Bring universal healthcare to all Americans! Being the only country in the developed world that does not have universal healthcare represents one of the worst injustices of the modern world …Read More »
Archive for the ‘Containing Drug Costs’ Category
Effective Strategies to Reduce Costs and Utilization in US Healthcare
How to Reduce US Healthcare Costs (Published March 18, 2020) Our healthcare costs keep increasing much faster than inflation, year after year. According to figures released in December 2019 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the annual growth rate of healthcare spending was 4.6% in 2018, vs. 3.9% in 2017, 4.8% …Read More »
The Future of Healthcare: Interview Published in Authority Magazine on June 5, 2019
The Future of Healthcare: “We must free medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies” with Etienne Deffarges, serial healthcare entrepreneur Christina D. Warner Jun 5 Cut the cost of drugs. We need to stop protecting our pharmaceutical companies by freeing their largest purchaser, Medicare, to negotiate with them, and allowing lower-cost imports from reputable countries. U.S. Drug …Read More »
Ending Surprise Medical Bills, and Removing a Stain on U.S. Healthcare
How Will Legislation Ending Surprise Medical Bills Affect U.S. Healthcare Costs? Erasing a stain on our medical system, and reducing costs as well—by how much? On Thursday May 9, I was watching one of the business TV channels to learn about the status of our trade war with China, and the anchor announced …Read More »
Obamacare in the next few years
The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Unscathed by Attacks from the Right, Overtaken on its Left? Having survived years of attacks from Republicans, will the surviving ACA be rendered obsolete by Democrats’ local and state efforts towards universal health care? This could be an ironic twist of fate for Obamacare. Conceived out of the …Read More »
The Midterms and U.S. Health Policy: What Changes?
The Midterms and U.S. Health Policy: What Changes? The Democrats have taken control of the House. And Utah, Nebraska and Idaho have approved Medicaid expansion. What does this portend for U.S. health policy? In a nutshell, four health care developments will take place or are likely to occur within the next two years: Medicaid expansion …Read More »
A Rare Moment of Bipartisanship in U.S. Healthcare
The end of “gag orders” prohibiting pharmacists from informing patients on the cheapest way to buy prescription drugs On September 18 of this year, Congress passed a couple of bipartisan bills in health care: These two bills, one for Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, and the other for employer-sponsored and individual health coverage, were passed …Read More »
Is Complexity in Healthcare Killing Us?
We spend almost $10,000 per year per capita in healthcare, about twice as much as the average developed economy. However, we get little for what we spend: in terms of major health outcomes, such as infant mortality or life expectancy, we rank below most other developed nations. Why? Among other reasons, complexity explains why we …Read More »