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Why pay more?

The United States spends more on physician services than other countries. New research suggests that consumers pay a premium for US physicians. So are US doctors the Coca-Cola and Louis Vuitton of the health care world? Why does health care cost so [...]

September 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

Market Concentration Affects Cost-Shifts

Hospitals have been largely thought to shift costs among public and private payers to offset costs. New research reveals that the ability to conduct such cost-shifting is also related to the competitive nature of a hospital’s community. It is a [...]

August 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Inconsistent access to care in Arizona

The effects of insurance coverage on access to care in Arizona provides a startling lesson of the problems with inconsistent coverage. People cycling on and off insurance tend to forgo care and necessary medication.   As the price tag of [...]

August 15, 2011 // 1 Comment

Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan

Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan for Medicare would save costs to the federal government at the expense of senior citizens by fundamentally restructuring this defined benefit entitlement to a defined contribution. Is it good or bad? Ask the voters. You [...]

June 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

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