What we’re reading

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Hair-raising news from Robert Pear of The New York Times about health-insurance premium increases: “MANCHESTER, N.H. — Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their health insurance premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zaremba’s print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent. And for engineers at the Woodland Design Group, they rose 43 percent.” […]

Why does it cost so much?

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My friend S. has been involved in the business side of health care for many years. I asked her why it costs so much. “Part of it is that it does cost that much,” she said. “It’s really expensive to provide health care. There’s the doctor, the office, the people, the equipment, the facility. Health […]

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 […]