Truths: American health-care providers charge more because they can. Administrative costs for our enormously complex health-care system take a big bite out of the health-care dollar. Administrative efforts are not great at catching waste and fraud.
Myths: Our sytstem is fraught with waste over things like malpractice and obesity. Our health costs are high because of the expenses of treating an elderly population.
These facts and more, in an infographic from the folks over at Medical Billing and Coding.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.