Looking forward

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Paul Levy, who used to run Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston, blogs: “Paying more for the amenities you may never need “Let’s continue our discussion about the future of employer-based insurance products in the US. We have talked about a general shift of employer-based plans to insurance exchanges and Medicaid; about a shift of […]

Doctors order tests …

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It says here that doctors order tests to  fend off lawsuits, says study – Health – Health care – msnbc.com. And here it says that giving someone a health insurance card doesn’t automatically guarantee good health, or good care.

Why Does It Cost So Much?

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Why are health costs rising? Here are a few reasons: “…The big problem that may explain why health care spending is so much higher in some places than others — without any evidence that the patients do better because of it — is that doctors have too many incentives to give patients more and more […]

Health-care waste, cost and more cost

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Wasteful spending NEHI, a Cambridge-based  independent national non-profit  working on health care innovation, published a three-part plan for cutting wasteful medical spending by $84 billion a year nationwide, attacking emergency department overuse, unnecessary hospital readmissions and  medication errors. Doctors and patients talking cost Dr. Leslie Ramirez of leslieslist.org writes on Kevinmd.com: “Why don’t patients and […]

Mayo Clinic, Minnesota and money (Part 1)

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The Mayo Clinic is often praised in the world of health care for doing a great job at low cost. So why is the Mayo Clinic being excluded from health-insurance plans? According to this article from The Pioneer Press, at least two health-insurance carriers have chosen to sell plans with lower premiums that put Mayo […]

A doctor’s view

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Why one doctor left the profession: a cautionary tale, by Maggie Kozel, a former pediatrician, from kevinmd.com. Viewed from several perspectives, this is part of the ongoing series “Why Does It Cost So Much?” Health care economics and the relationship between doctor and patient.

A round of applause

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You don’t need to look far to find the causes of secrecy in the health-care marketplace. It’s much harder to find people and institutions doing good solid work to pull back the curtains. So here’s a round of applause for The Wall Street  Journal and its series on the system, brought in an analysis of […]

Costly endorsements

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So why do health costs keep rising? Advertising is one reason.  And sponsorships. For example, Antonio Banderas is the voice of the Nasonex bee.  Jim Edwards (BNet) on  10 Celebrities on Big Pharma’s Payroll.