Healthcare Hits A Pothole – And How to Fix It

The next time you hit a pothole in the road, blame your local health insurance or hospital CEO. Because your hard-earned healthcare premiums and tax dollars are literally going straight into their bonuses at the expense of infrastructure repair. Exorbitant national health spending produces what economists call opportunity costs. Our healthcare spending takes away not just … Continue reading Healthcare Hits A Pothole – And How to Fix It

Needed:  A New Idealism to Guide Healthcare Reform

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blogsite has laid out the mounting need for healthcare reform and a compelling case for Oregon-style cost-benefit approach as the foundation for it. But this blogsite’s reasoned arguments from history, politics, finance, and ethics are not enough. Americans need a rekindled core idealism to impel them toward reform. Here are three key ideals … Continue reading Needed:  A New Idealism to Guide Healthcare Reform

New Data from AMA Journal Rekindles Calls for Healthcare Reform

The Journal of the AMA (JAMA) on March 21 released the most comprehensive study to date on U.S. healthcare spending. It confirms that Americans are spending too much, and getting too little. But it also gives us some new insights on what’s driving up costs. The study has been widely reported in mainstream media – … Continue reading New Data from AMA Journal Rekindles Calls for Healthcare Reform

FAQ: How Many Healthcare Dollars Are Wasted?

 Between $700 billion and $1.1 trillion every year. This amounts to between 21% and 34% of the $3.3 trillion total healthcare spending for 2016. These figures are the estimates published in 25 authoritative studies done between 2003 and 2012. Donald Berwick MD, former head of Medicare, assembled these 25 studies for the RAND Corporation. Fixing … Continue reading FAQ: How Many Healthcare Dollars Are Wasted?

Navigating Payment Reform – NEJM Catalyst

Harvard Business School and New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst group convened a webinar on “Navigating Payment Reform for Providers, Payers & Pharma” on November 2. Presenters admirably fulfilled Dr. Dafny’s challenge as convener to be transparent about goals, attuned to new ideas, open to trade-offs, and unafraid of failure. From the perspective of General Systems … Continue reading Navigating Payment Reform – NEJM Catalyst