Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

Yes, the Health Care Industry Is Conspiring to Steal Your Money

By: Monday September 29, 2014 8:10 am

Here are two news stories from this weekend that belong together. First, the Los Angeles Times found that insurance networks on the California exchange are getting narrower. From the LA Times: The state’s largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of [...]

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which is Easily Solved — But Won’t Be

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:15 am

The New York Times has a great article about how hospital secretly use out-of-network providers to screw over patients in which they describe a surprise $117,000 bill for an “assistant surgeon.” From the NYT: In Mr. Drier’s case, the primary surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel L. Tindel, had said he would accept a negotiated fee determined through [...]

The Insanity of What Hospitals Charge and the Solution No One Is Talking About

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 8:39 am

I would like to take a moment to praise the Obama administration for having the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) release this huge database of what different hospitals charge for common procedures. The New York Times was given a preview of the data and put together a few examples of the widely divergent and [...]

We Are Still Radically Overcharged for Health Care

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:36 pm

The International Federation of Health Plans is out with their new comparative price report for 2012 and it again shows the United States radically overpays for basically every health care service relative to any other first-world country. From the report: The report looks at a wide range of procedures, treatments and drugs, but those charts are essentially [...]

More Health Care Cost Control Nonsense From Jon Gruber

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 10:53 am

M.I.T. Economist Jonathan Gruber continues to leave people radically less informed about the real health care cost issue in this country with public statements that frankly make no sense. The latest example is from a Washington Post article about Massachusetts’ attempts to control health care cost. “Cost control isn’t easy,” said M.I.T. economist Jon Gruber, [...]

Higher Prices, Not Increased Utilization, Are Driving Health Care Costs

By: Monday May 21, 2012 7:31 am

American health care continues to get more expensive, but the increase is driven by us getting overcharged more for the same services and not by us utilizing more health care. This is a key finding of a new Health Care Cost Institute report on 2010 health care costs. Rising prices for care were the chief [...]

Robert Samuelson Ignores Reality About Solving Health Care

By: Monday November 28, 2011 9:40 am

Robert J. Samuelson writes an extremely disappointing  and misleading article about health care policy in today’s Washington Post. The column starts out fine with Samuelson looking at the basic OECD data that shows America spends dramatically more on health care than any other industrialized country on earth but doesn’t get better health outcomes as a [...]

Socialized Medicine is Very Cost Effective

By: Monday August 8, 2011 8:27 am

The United Kingdom and Ireland, both countries which have what could only be considered socialize medicine programs, also have the two most cost effective health care systems in the developed world according a study in the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine. From the study: The biggest ratios, indicating the greatest cost-effectiveness, were in Ireland, [...]

Global Payment So Far Fails to Control Health Care Costs in Massachusetts

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 12:43 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has released a new report that indicates Gov. Deval Patrick’s goal of controlling health care cost by moving the state towards a global payment method is unlikely to produce real savings.