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Primary Care 101: Supply and Demand

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Americans get insured. The hope is that if an individual is insured, he or she is more likely to gain access to primary care. More access to primary care means fewer expensive emergency room [...]

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It Costs More to be Poor

Uninsured patients are the most financially vulnerable to hospital charges. Hospitals bill a high charge for medical services, with the expectation that a fraction of that is actually paid by insurance companies. With a large consumer base, [...]

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coverage that Doesn’t Cover It

As a medical student living in Texas, two things are very familiar to me: having uninsured family members and being solicited by said family members for medical advice. Source: Kirt Edblom (Flickr/CC) A few weeks ago, a relative approached me at a [...]

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Medicaid crowd out: hype or reality?

With Medicaid expansion underway, questions about whether Medicaid coverage “crowds out” private coverage have reemerged. Critics of Medicaid expansion contend that public health insurance causes individuals to forego private coverage. A recent [...]

February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The cost-reductions built into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are based upon the assumption that as the number of uninsured decreases, the need for federal subsidies to hospitals providing uncompensated care will also [...]

January 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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