“We are at the mercy of the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies, whose greed dictates the cost of healthcare,” railed Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in a recent campaign blurb. Are insurance and drug companies really the ones to blame for our healthcare problem – unsustainable costs and millions without access? If so, are … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?
Former Representative Jim Delaney (D-Md) threw down the gauntlet to the left-leaning attendees at the California Democratic convention on June 2 by challenging Medicare-for-all. ”The problem with Medicare for all, it’s actually really simple, is that it makes private insurance illegal. And 150 million Americans have private insurance, and 70% of them like it according … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: “150 million Americans won’t give up their private health insurance to get Medicare for all.” Really?
To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How do I rig thee? Let me count the ways. Even research statistics are all too often rigged, according to a commentary in this month’s Journal of the A.M.A. These rigged statistics are being applied to clinical studies of new drugs, devices, and treatments to put them just far enough … Continue reading Reforming U.S. Healthcare: Even Research Statistics Are Rigged
This month Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the dramatic results of Walmart’s innovative centers-of-excellence (COE) care-bundling initiative. Walmart’s third-party administrator, Health Designs Plus (HDP), claims that this approach saved Walmart $86 million on spine surgery alone over 3 years, and could “address the cost-and-quality dilemma and drive change nationally.” But will it? FixingUSHealthcare blog agrees that … Continue reading Walmart’s Care Bundling – Will It Fix U.S. Healthcare?
On the stump, many of the candidates are railing against skyrocketing drug costs. They promise at campaign rallies at the top of their lungs to “Bring down the cost of drugs.” This blog, however, claims that it’s not only about costly drugs. It’s the whole system that is rigged and has high costs baked into … Continue reading It’s Not Just About Costly Drugs – It’s Testing, Too