Study Takes on the Myth of Medicare Cost-Shifting

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 11:15 am

A new study in Health Affairs appears to disprove the commonly cited myth that public insurance programs “shifts cost” onto private insurance. The idea behind the myth is that public insurance programs pay providers less than what procedures cost which forces them to make up the difference by charging private insurance companies more.


Cost Shifting Leading to Lower Health Spending as Patients Forego Procedures

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 12:00 pm

David Wessel’s column today in the Wall Street Journal might be welcoming news if you wear a green eyeshade for a living. I don’t know why the rest of us should find it so encouraging: For the past couple of years, U.S. health-care spending has been growing at a surprisingly slow pace. A lot of [...]

“Skin in the Game” Fails As a Health Care Cost Control Idea

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 4:00 pm

Health insurance premiums for a typical employer-provided family policy grew by an incredible 9 percent this year according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. Not only have premiums increased for employers, but the employee cost sharing has gone up as well. But forcing employees to have more skin in the game doesn’t seem to be driving down health care costs.

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