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 »
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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 »
The November 6 Midterm Elections and Their Impact on Obamacare
The November 6 Midterm Elections and Their Impact on Obamacare A Q&A on the ACA and the upcoming elections What is the likelihood the ACA will be repealed? This straightforward question has a very simple answer: It depends on the results of the upcoming November 6 U.S. congressional elections. If the Republicans retain control …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 »