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Crisis Becomes Opportunity

Image: Andrew Mason (Flickr / Creative Commons) Increased liability premiums, lax court requirements for evidence of fault, and the threat of insurers pulling out of the medical liability market culminated in France’s malpractice crisis. The [...]

April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Complementary Coverage in Canada’s Medicare Program

Complimentary private insurance improves utilization of medication among Canadian seniors with Medicare. Medication non-adherence is a large factor affecting health and ultimately the cost of care. One reason that patients may not take medications [...]

May 28, 2013 // 3 Comments

[Anecdotes] How would you fix the health care system?

I was working in the ER this weekend when one of my nurses asked me a simple question: “How would you fix the health care system?” Obviously, this is a complex problem requiring complex solutions, but in an environment where at any [...]

December 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Payment bundles improve surgical efficiency

A project to improve the utilization and efficiency of orthopedic surgery in the public hospital system of New Zealand suggests that bundled payments can be effective. Translating these results to America remain challenging. New Zealand’s tax [...]

October 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

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