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.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 8, 2013 10:20 am|
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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
|By: Jon Walker 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?
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.