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Archive for August, 2011

Can Consumers Differentiate Between Quality Care and Amenities?

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August 28, 2011

One of the approaches some corporations are taking to hold down health care costs is to put more responsibility on their employees through high-deductible health insurance plans. It makes sense that they would try this. After all, this reflects the daily life of the business community as they compete for consumers...
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Maybe Retired Teachers Can Lead the Way to More Affordable Healthcare

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August 21, 2011

The Texas retired teacher healthcare fund is nearly out of money. Trustees predicted this summer that reserves will be gone in two years, and its deficit could be $580 million by 2014. This group is in a unique situation, because teachers’ retirement and medical care funds exist as stand-alone entities separate...
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Doctor Melnitsky has Left Massachussetts

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August 14, 2011

This post is a little longer than usual. It’s one perspective on the Massachusetts insurance coverage expansion experiment. I’m sure this plan will receive greater scrutiny in the coming year if Mitt Romney continues to be a leading Republican candidate. The Massachusetts approach has had successes and failures. Growing primary care...
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It Just Takes a Minute to Erode Family Medicine with Unfunded Mandates

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August 7, 2011

Thanks to everyone who wrote me back on some of the “simple” screening tests that “just take a few minutes” that well-meaning special interest groups want family physicians to give away their time to administer. And remember, the family physicians’ nurses are busy also, so if a special interest expects only...
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