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Health Care Spending

Jeffrey Young

Americans Pay Way More For This Than People In Other Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.18.2013 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Our Health Care System Wastes $750 BILLION Per Year

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, ...

Medicare Glitch Hits Home

Mary Ann Cope | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Mary Ann Cope

We need Congress to take immediate action in support of the common sense, win-win idea of closing the gap in Medicare coverage for treatments that lower costs by bringing patients home. The longer we wait, the longer American taxpayers will be paying the hospital bill.

While Paychecks Shrunk, Spending On This Kept Rising

Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

Health care spending per capita in the US increased 36 percent between 2000 and 2010, from $6,177 to $8,402 for every person in the country. During th...

Less Equals More: Cures to Health Care Overspending

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

There is only one way to begin chipping away at the exorbitant cost of health care in America. That is by each and every individual adopting a new and different mindset to control spending. This includes those of us who write daily about health issues.

Generic Drugs Have Cut U.S. Health Care Costs By Over $1 Trillion

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.02.2012 | Money

TRENTON, N.J. -- Growing use of generic medicines has reduced U.S. health care spending by more than $1 trillion over the past decade, according to an...

A Economic Downturn May Be One Way To Get Healthier

Posted 07.23.2012 | Business

An economic downturn may be better for your health than you realize. The 2008 financial crisis in Iceland improved the health of the country’s p...

Health Care Spending Slowing Down Around The World

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business

By Kate Kelland LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - Growth in health spending reversed a long-term trend of rapid increase and either slowed ...

Health Care Costs Easing Up, For Now

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it too good to be true? Health care spending has eased up recently, bringing a welcome respite for government an...

Investors Will Find A Way To Make Money On Health Reform Ruling No Matter What

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business

* Supreme Court ruling on health law expected this month * Sharp moves possible in insurer, hospital stocks * Investors ...