Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

Medical mystery, or what happened to U.S. health spending after 1980? The New York Times

“The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it,” Austin Frakt writes over at The New York Times. “That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending […]

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

The new Massachusetts state health care website: The Boston Globe

“State officials are launching a website that attempts to make health care costs a little easier for consumers to understand,” Priyanka Dayal McCluskey writes over at The Boston Globe. “The long-planned website, MassCompareCare.gov, is scheduled to go live Wednesday. It contains information about health care costs and quality, and includes guides to help patients ask […]

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

Drug copay assistance keeps patients alive and prices, premiums high: USA Today

“Leonard Rodgers, 80, Tempe, Arizona, gets help with the cost of his expensive prescriptions from non-profit Good Days,” Jayne O’Donnell, David Robinson, Ken Alltucker and Liz Freeman write over at the USA TODAY Network. “He talks about how he would be bankrupt in a few months if it wasn’t for the financial assistance. Copayment assistance […]

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

“‘Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Health Care,’ a joint project of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 and ClearHealthCosts, was nominated Tuesday (April 10) for a 2018 Peabody Award, handed out annually to honor the best in TV, radio and digital media,” Mike Scott writes over at NOLA.com. “The series was one of […]

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

“To understand something about the spiraling cost of health care in the United States, we might begin with a typical conundrum: Imagine a 60-something man — a nonsmoker, overweight, with diabetes — who has just survived a heart attack,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes over at The New York Times. “Perhaps he had an angioplasty, with the […]

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

“In its revival premiere Tuesday, ABC’s Roseanne tapped into a range of  issues that many American families are debating in their own households, including the high cost of prescription drugs,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner Philly.com. “In a kitchen that hasn’t been updated since the Conner family ended their nine-season sitcom run in 1997, Dan […]

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

“Despite the promise that electronic health records would cut billing costs, savings have yet to materialize, according to a major new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Duke University,” Roberta Holland writes on the Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” blog. “’The theory was that part of having electronic records was to lower the […]

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

Medical bills and explanations of benefits seem to play on a human brain proclivity called anchoring. What is anchoring? It’s a bias in our brains that basically says “the first number you encounter will be an anchor to the truth, and all other information will be a reaction or adjustment up or down from that […]

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

“If you get health insurance through your job, beware: you might be picking up more of the cost of your medical care than you realize,” Peter Ubel of Duke writes over on Forbes. “With increasing frequency, employers are directing their workers to the kind of high deductible, high out-of-pocket insurance plans that leave workers financially responsible for […]