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 [...]

The Real Health Cost Issue Is that We Simply Pay Too Much for Health Services

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 8:22 am

There is a very common misconception that the reasons America spends so much more money on health care than any other industrialized nation is that we are fatter or we uniquely want to keep ourselves and  relatives alive too long. It is very disappointing to me to see what are basically myths promoted by prominent [...]

Doctor Groups Try To Discourage Unnecessary Tests

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 7:47 am

Nine medical specialty boards are recommending that doctors perform fewer of the 45 most common tests and procedures as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign created by the ABIM Foundation. Procedures that should be cut back include CT scans for people who have only fainted, stress test imaging for people with no history of cardiac [...]

Regular People Not “Experts” Are Right About Health Care Cost Problem

By: Monday October 24, 2011 9:23 am

A poll of Massachusetts residents by Harvard’s School of Public Health and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation found that regular people in Massachusetts are remarkably well informed about the primary reasons their health care is so extremely expensive compared to health care in other industrialized countries. According to the poll regular people [...]

Why the Market Will Not Reduce Health Care Costs

By: Monday June 20, 2011 10:27 am

Looking at how the incentives in our health care market are currently set up, there is little reason to hope the “market” will magically come up with innovations to reduce our national health care spending. It is no surprise given looking at our structural innovation issues that for decades we have seen health care cost grow so rapidly.

It’s a Ripoff! -or- Why America Spends So Much on Health Care

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 4:16 pm

As you can see in this helpful chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation, America pays much more for health care than any other first-world country. There are a lot of false ideas or very minor explanations that are overstated to try to justify why we pay so much. Other countries are just evil nations that [...]

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending [...]