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Health Care Spending

What's Driving Variation in New York's Hospital Spending and Prices?

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.16.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

We need better information about both the costs and the quality of care delivered to understand whether more spending is associated with better care, or if that spending is wasteful and avoidable.

National Health Care Spending Is Up For A Really Obvious Reason

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress designed the Affordable Care Act to spend a lot of money to give more people health ins...

Bernie Sanders Exaggerates Health Care Spending | Marina Fang | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Sen. Bernie Sanders said that the United States spends “almost twice as...

Health Care Spending Is Rising Faster, But Don't Panic

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Total U.S. health care spending grew by more than 5 percent for the first time since 2007 last year, but a return to massive growth isn'...

Jeffrey Young

U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars h...

Jeffrey Young

Health Care Spending To Tick Up In 2014, But Just A Little | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business

After five years of historically low inflation, national health care spending will grow a bit faster this year, according to a federal audit released ...

Whoa! Whassup with That Big Negative Q1 GDP Revision?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Real GDP contracted at a 2.9 percent rate according to revised data released on Wednesday. That's contracted, as in went down. So, are we back in recession?

Maybe Obamacare Didn't Save The U.S. Economy After All

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business

Obamacare is going to have to return its hero's cape, and we're all going to have to learn to think twice before we over-react to shaky economic data....

Jeffrey Young

Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old da...

Jeffrey Young

Americans Pay Way More For This Than People In Other Countries | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that resident...

Jeffrey Young

Health Care Spending Inflation Stays Low After Obamacare | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

For the first time in more than a decade, health care spending grew more slowly than the U.S. economy from 2010 to 2012, according to a new report by ...

Conservative Media's Obamacare Glitch

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Perhaps instead of finding every possible way to tear the system down conservatives can offer some solutions -- any solutions -- that could make the ACA a law that at least 51 percent of Americans could be proud of.

Jeffrey Young

Report Reveals The Future Of National Health Care Spending | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business

National health care spending continues to grow at historically low rates this year -- but it will rise faster over the next decade as the economy rec...

Broken Education, Flawless Health Care: A Republican Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republicans seem willing to make drastic changes to education using the power of the government, they apparently feel differently regarding our supposedly broken health care system.

Studies: Health Care Spending Slowdown Could Wipe Out One-Fifth Of The Deficit If It Persists

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business

The U.S. could shrink the deficit by 20 percent if current health care spending trends continue, according to a newly released study in the journal He...

Why Hospital Choice Matters

Joseph Doyle | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Doyle

As our health care system moves from compensating providers on the basis of quantity of care to quality of care, it's very important to measure hospital performance. But a key limitation for that measurement is patient selection.

The CBO Report: Six Things You Can't Talk About in Washington

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The short version of the CBO's report is: Spending's going down, but we desperately need jobs. So how did the President and Congress respond? They kept arguing about who's got the better plan for making spending go down some more.

Social Security, Healthcare Spending To Double

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business

* Spending on Social Security, healthcare due to double in decade * CBO warns of sharp rise in debt unless Congress acts ...

Health Care And Entitlement Spending Eating Up The Federal Budget

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Government spending has risen a lot over the decades no matter who you measure it. A big share of the increase is due to -- you guessed it -- escalati...

Jeffrey Young

Surprising News About Health Care Spending In America | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business

U.S. health care spending rose at the lowest rates in more than half a century between 2009 and 2011, according to a report issued by federal auditors...

John Celock

Federal 'Uncertainty' Complicates State Fiscal Picture | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased health care spending and uncertainty from the federal government over spending has complicated the fiscal picture for states a...

A Prescription for Controlling Health Care Costs: Federal Research Grant Reform

Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | College
Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D.

Cost increases in health care have appropriated productivity gains and displaced wage increases contributing to middle class income stagnation, and undermining the very stability of our society. Part of the solution is to reframe the national health research agenda.

Do You Really Know What's In the Health Care Law?

Hadley Heath | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Hadley Heath

How will this health law affect the options we have and our experience when buying insurance and seeking care? Upon close examination, sadly the "benefits" of the law don't seem all that beneficial, and the costs become undeniable.

Does America Really Want Change?

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

The real problem is that the big dollar incentives don't line up. The folks with the most skin in the game (insurance and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and large medical associations) profit dearly from the status quo. More care equals more money.

The Budget Debate We Should Engage

Jonathan Bergman, MD | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Bergman, MD

Can we "solve" health care spending? The value of our health care investment is low. Quality of care is inconsistent, and life expectancy for those who have reached age 40 is short compared with other industrialized countries.