Health care is not a commodity -- it is our lives. Giving consumers the full picture of quality and price information gives them "value transparency" and ultimately makes the health care industry more effective and efficient at serving patients. As Warren Buffett put it, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get." We believe that our members deserve the highest value care possible.
I lost my two-year-old daughter to a rare and as yet incurable disease. So when I pictured a man like Mr. Shkreli someday holding the key to a terminally ill two-year-old's only hope of survival, I became literally sick.
So long as we continue to combine protection from competition with price-insensitive demand, this problem isn't going away. Something has to give or we will have more cases of Daraprim. And this can't be good for anyone's health.
In a front-page Wall Street Journal article a few days ago, the projection was made that a single-payer national health insurance program (NHI), as part of the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would cost $15 trillion over ten years.
Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.
Whatever that political culture valued most highly, achieving good results clearly was not it. Now the same seems true of today's Republican Party, whose base lies in that same region. And how can one expect indifference to good results to lead to anything but damage to the nation?
Technology isn't just advancing in the way we manage our histories or in the kind of machines and techniques we use for diagnosis and treatment. Interconnectedness is also giving us new ways to interact with our healthcare providers, no matter where we are.
I'm sitting here at the very bottom of the medical food chain wondering why it's not illegal for pharmaceutical companies to price gauge the products that save our lives. If the price of my daughter's medication wasn't so high, would we have the drugs in hand quicker?
There could be a problem with current incentives and funding for support structures for accountable care organizations (ACO). This "spoonful of sugar"...
This is a complicated story, but an important one. It's a story of determination, of progress and of creativity. It's part of the rich history of the larger social justice movement for LGBTQ communities in our country -- one that has not been at the forefront of the conversation.
The relentless Republican campaign to demonize the Affordable Care Act has put their candidates in a political bind, with no escape hatch. With so many people now benefitting from the ACA, Republicans candidates are forced to propose a replacement plan.
Now that he has declared his candidacy for president, after flirting with one in 2012, it is galling to see him rise in the polls presumably due to his telling it like it is, which a lot of people find refreshing, punctuating his hyperbole with cheap insults hurled at anyone who challenges him.
Should these latest anti-competitive takeover moves go unchallenged by the Obama Justice Department when there is little doubt that the trend of double digit premium increases will accelerate?
Companies will not automatically, dollar for dollar, increase taxable wages to compensate for cost increases passed on to employees. That doesn't occur now when businesses are forced to pass increased health-care costs to its workforce.
Whether race relations have actually worsened or whether that perception stems from more information reaching more people, it is obvious that we must re-dedicate ourselves and our government to eliminating injustice and promoting equality.
I'm an addict -- wrong, right or indifferent, I will always be an addict. Yet what makes me understand my addiction more is that I suffer with a men...