The Insanity of What Hospitals Charge and the Solution No One Is Talking About

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 10:20 am

I would like to take a moment to praise the Obama administration for having the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) release this huge database of what different hospitals charge for common procedures. The New York Times was given a preview of the data and put together a few examples of the widely divergent and frankly random prices hospitals charge.

 

We Are Still Radically Overcharged for Health Care

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 5:53 pm

The International Federation of Health Plans is out with their new comparative price report for 2012 and it again shows the United States radically overpays for basic every health care service relative to any other first-world country.

More Health Care Cost Control Nonsense From Jon Gruber

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 12:40 pm

M.I.T. Economist Jonathan Gruber continues to leave people radically less informed about the real health care cost issue in this country with public statements that frankly make no sense. The latest example is from a Washington Post article about Massachusetts’ attempts to control health care cost

Higher Prices, Not Increased Utilization, Are Driving Health Care Costs

By: Monday May 21, 2012 9:10 am

American health care continues to get more expensive, but the increase is driven by us getting overcharged more for the same services and not by us utilizing more health care. This is a key finding of a new Health Care Cost Institute report on 2010 health care costs.

Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson Ignores Reality About Solving Health Care

By: Monday November 28, 2011 11:15 am

Washington Post columnist correctly notes that OECD nations provide equal or better health care but at a fraction of the cost paid by the US. But he then ignores the obvious conclusion — that we should adopt one of their proven systems — and instead claims that an unproven and unlikely scheme using vouchers to private insurers would work.

Global Payment So Far Fails to Control Health Care Costs in Massachusetts

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 2:30 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has released a new report that indicates Gov. Deval Patrick’s goal of controlling health care cost by moving the state towards a global payment method is unlikely to product real savings

Private Insurers Fail at Keeping Prices Down in Massachusetts

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 1:32 pm

Another problem for Romney-care. Even with an individual mandate private insurers in Massachusetts costs to consumers rise faster than public plans. How much more evidence do we need that single payer health care is the only affordable way to go?

Massive Hospital Price Variations: Only in America (*Except Maryland)

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 5:21 pm

Massachusetts is still struggling with controlling health care costs since it decided to embrace health care reform by just expanding our broken private insurance system to cover more people. A problem in Massachusetts, which is common around the country, is that there are huge variances in what is paid for the same procedure.

It’s a Ripoff! -or- Why America Spends So Much on Health Care

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 5:37 pm

As you can see in this helpful chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation, America pays much more for health care than any other first-world country.

There are a lot of false ideas or very minor explanations that are overstated to try to justify why we pay so much.

Single Payer: There Really Is a Simple Way to Eliminate the Deficit

By: Friday January 21, 2011 2:50 pm

The main cause of our long-term deficit is our absurdly inefficient health care system that costs nearly twice as much as anywhere else in the world. If politicians honestly looked for a simple solution to this problem, within five minutes they would find out almost every other industrialized nation on Earth has it.

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