Atul Gawande wrote in The New Yorker about “hot spots” in health
spending–a very few people who are using a great deal of reseources
in the health-care industry. The piece is now available online, and so
is his response to the criticisms thereof. Read it. It’s fabulous.
One of my favorite health economists is Austin Frakt, who blogs over at The Incidental Economist. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s on my must-read list because he is so smart and so clear about issues. I am really looking forward to this plan of his, to discuss the elements and assumptions that underlie our health care system. You might not want to read about adverse selection, global budgeting and suchlike, but I really do.