A few thoughts about the health-care marketplace

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Is it time for rate-setting in the health-care marketplace? Is it time for single-payer health care? Or an end to the entire for-profit system of mis-aligned incentives? Or transparency? Can we continue in this vein? The article Steven Brill wrote in Time magazine’s current issue about the rising cost of health care, “Bitter Pill,” has brought a […]

A doctor’s question: What if drugs were all over-the-counter?

Summary: We hear a lot from doctors who see the problems of the health care system from a perspective that’s often surprisingly revelatory. Occasionally, we meet someone who’s a good doctor, writer and thinker all at the same time. Dr. David Voran is one; he wrote this for us about the problems his patients encounter […]

Physician Ratings: Doctors Distrust Them, and Patients Ignore Them

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

“The many and various ‘doctor review’ sites seem to be as popular as the flu bug floating around the office. Doctors don’t like them and patients don’t use them, according to two recent surveys. “First, from the physician point of view… “The headline declares ‘Physicians Wary of Doctor Ratings,’ and the sentiment among physicians responding […]

Finding consumer prices from hospitals is hard, study finds

  It’s hard for patients to find prices for medical procedures in advance, even for common things, a new study finds. Our readers won’t be surprised, but this was a  thorough investigation by a trio of respected scholars, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study catalogs the  scholars’ attempts to find […]

People are refusing treatment because of money, Deloitte finds

Here are some amazing 2012 stats on the use and non-use of health care, from Deloitte. (Wonk alert!) Who stayed overnight in a hospital: 8 percent of Americans. Who took part in a wellness program in the last 12 months: 10 percent of Americans. Only 8 percent switched doctors; 76 percent are satisfied with their […]

Retail clinics may cut into primary care, RAND study finds: Reuters

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“The health clinics in pharmacies and other retail stores may be convenient, but they may also take a bite out of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, a new study suggests,” writes Amy Norton on Reuters Health. “Retail health clinics operate mainly out of chain pharmacies, but they’re also in some grocery stores and ‘big box’ stores […]

Patients are terrible consumers: Jon Cohen at TedMed

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Patients are terrible consumers, according to Jon Cohen, chief medical officer at Quest Diagnostics. In a video of his appearance at the June TedMed conference, he made these points: People with high-deductible plans and health savings accounts are saving money and not spending it on basic health care. Mammography rates, cervical cancer screening rates, colonoscopy […]