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Archive for April, 2014

Declining Middle Class Incomes and the Role of Healthcare Costs

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April 27, 2014

It was reported a few days ago that U.S. middle class family incomes are now falling behind their counterparts in Canada, and Europe is gaining. Here is an example from a report by CBS News: “While the report confirms what many Americans feel every day when they check their bank accounts...
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Variations in Hospital Pricing

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April 21, 2014

There is more evidence that a large source of wasteful spending in the U.S. healthcare system comes from hospitals. The National Institute for Health Care Reform worked with the Center for Studying Health System Change to look at the variation of hospital pricing across the country. Their recent report focused exclusively...
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The Harms of Patient Satisfaction

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April 14, 2014

Patient-Centered. It sounds so right, doesn’t it? Right up there with mothers and apple pie. If only family medicine were so simple. A report by ABC news told the story of a doctor at a VA hospital in Kansas City who claims she was forced to leave her job because she...
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Obamacare — Now That Enrollment is Closed

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April 7, 2014

I confess that I haven’t paid that much attention to the horse race politics of insurance enrollment under the PPACA (Obamacare). Overall, even if 7.1 million signed up, pay their premiums, and weren’t previously insured, it still means that only a small fraction of the 50 million uninsured now have coverage....
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