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Should We Subsidize the Sick?

The projected savings from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not solely from the health care exchanges: a large portion of savings stem from re-allocating medical resources towards the sickest patient populations. By improving the health of the [...]

May 19, 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

Learning Pricing from the Airline Industry

Source: Kevin Dooley (Flickr/CC) Traveling by air during the 1950s and 1960s during the Golden Age of Flying was different from what most of us are used to today. Lavish layouts, complimentary drinks, and exorbitant ticket prices made air travel for [...]

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Happy accident lowers health care costs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased emphasis on quality reporting for doctors and hospitals in an effort to improve care and, hopefully, improve health outcomes for patients. Whether or not this will be accomplished is yet to be seen. However, [...]

February 16, 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

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