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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...

The Invisible Ceiling for the American Working Poor

Stephanie S. Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Stephanie S. Brooks

If I ever get a job where I'm paid a living wage, I will probably still volunteer at both the food pantry and thrift shop because the work they are doing really helps people, and nobody knows that better than I do.

The Real Truth About Obamacare

Robert Reich | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Despite the worst roll-out conceivable, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. But a lot about the Affordable Care Act needs fixing -- especially the widespread misinformation that continues to surround it.

How Safety-Net ERs Can Save Health-Care Reform

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

In the coming years of health-care transition, county-hospital ERs will continue to be the first refuge for America's marginalized and vulnerable populations. They must evolve to become coordinating centers for society's health needs and champions of cost reform.

Less Is More: In Defense of Narrow(ish) Health Care Provider Networks

James R. Knickman | Posted 03.19.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

Access is an extremely important issue; having an insurance card is meaningless if you are unable to find a doctor or get care when you need it.

It Turns Out, Obamacare Actually Does Care

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Even if a person doesn't qualify for an ACA health plan, you -- and by "you" I mean everyone -- still get the benefits of the new law. And much of this has very real, and very substantive financial savings -- just not the financial savings you read about in the news about monthly bills.

How Do Financial Incentives Influence Doctors' Judgments?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

We should also recognize that we, too, are human, and when our recommendations have financial implications, we should ask ourselves: How might this influence our decision-making?

Massachusetts Tackles Next Phase of Health Care Reform: Controlling Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare, Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.29.2014 | Business

Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear...

Now for the Next Part of Reform: Controlling Health Care Costs

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A valid criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it doesn't do enough to control health care costs. But all is not lost. Progress can be made to control health care costs. And once again, Massachusetts might be able to lead the way.

One State's Plan To Up End Health Care Spending: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is set to announce Friday an ambitious health-care experiment that will make Maryland a test case for whether aggressive gove...

Show Us the Costs Please!

Barry Boyd, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barry Boyd, M.D.

If physicians were aware of the cost each time they "click" a test in an order, they would have a opportunity to reflect on whether that cost is justified by need. Without cost transparency, there can be no discussion with a patient about the cost of care, therein making them part of the decision.

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 ...

Government Health Programs Save Everyone Money: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.30.2013 | Business

More and more it seems that, when the government subsidizes health insurance, patients' share of health care costs go down. The latest evidence: In...

Seniors Saving Big on Rx Drugs and Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Americans, including seniors, across the country are becoming more and more familiar with the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. More and more are sharing their stories with me. Certainly, Medicare beneficiaries are benefiting, but so are their loved ones.

Population Health: Transforming Health Care to Improve Our Health

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Unless we change behaviors and the environments people live and work in there will be limited impact on the economic burden a society and a community face. In other words, we can't afford to still primarily focus on medical care.

There's Still No Free Lunch ... Even in Health Care

Socheata Poeuv | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Socheata Poeuv

When it comes to health care, some politicians want us to believe that we can have it both ways -- we can reduce health care costs and increase quality at the same time.

Medicare Drug Benefit Kept Its Promise, Must Improve

Tommy G. Thompson | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Tommy G. Thompson

While the Affordable Care Act continues to badly stumble out of the gate, it is instructive to look at the last major change to our health care system -- the addition of a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

Reimagining Primary Care for New York's Patients

James R. Knickman | Posted 01.26.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

As more people gain health insurance coverage, and as the health care system looks to save money and emphasize keeping people healthy (not just treating them once they're sick), primary care is becoming more important than ever.

Estimate You're Future Health Care Costs With This Nifty Online Calculator

Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

Have you seriously thought about what health care might cost you in your retirement years? If your answer is no, then you're not alone. An AARP sur...

The U.S. Health Care System Is Terrible, In 1 Enraging Chart

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business

Hello, did you know the American health-care system is terrible? It is. Don't let John Boehner tell you otherwise. If you're unconvinced, here is a...

Jeffrey Young

Single-Payer Proponents Having An 'I-Told-You-So' Moment | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

The botched implementation of Obamacare has created a bittersweet moment for advocates of a universal, single-payer health care system: They saw this ...

Ben Hallman

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Aren't Grandma's Fault | Ben Hallman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business

For decades we've heard dire warnings that a swelling tide of aging baby boomers is poised to swamp the U.S. healthcare system, driving up costs and t...

Maxwell Strachan

15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst) | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

We hear it all the time, from every corner of the political sphere: There's no other country on the planet quite like the United States of America. Su...