Candidates Debate Healthcare Reform

Once again, healthcare reform is at the forefront of the U.S. political debate. CNN allotted healthcare the lead-off spot and 22 minutes on both nights of its Democratic Presidential Debates this week, more than for any other issue. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) perhaps best captured the key challenge -- unsustainable costs: In the United States … Continue reading Candidates Debate Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

“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?

Healthcare Reform: Where to Start?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has made the case for reform that reins in spending in the whole system. But where possibly to start on such a massive undertaking?  Here are four ideas. Klein’s “Muddling incrementalism” Redefining Price’s “essential benefits” using Oregon-style cost-benefit analysis Rosenthal’s “Salami strategy” Emanuel’s “low-hanging fruit” Let’s look at each one. Idea #1:  … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Where to Start?

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?