Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Archive for July, 2009

The Fool’s Errand + Friday Links

Here’s some exciting content to take you into the weekend: Quote of the Day “Yes, we could well cover tens of millions more people and that alone would be a noble accomplishment. But just loading all of these people onto a system that we can’t now afford seems to me to be ultimately a fool’s […]

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House Bill excludes small business insurance mandate

House Democrats have agreed to a health reform bill in the house, but one that would exempt small businesses from having to provide health insurance.  The L.A. Times reports that “The House bill originally exempted small businesses with payrolls of less than $250,000 from the penalty. Under the new proposal, businesses with payrolls of less […]

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Krugman v. Cowen

Can Markets cure healthcare? Krugman: “There are a number of successful health-care systems, at least as measured by pretty good care much cheaper than here, and they are quite different from each other. There are, however, no examples of successful health care based on the principles of the free market.” Cowen:  “There are in fact plenty […]

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Cavalace of Risk is up

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk is up at Insurance Copywriter.

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Medical Care for Obese $1400 extra per year

Conventional Wisdom: I can’t believe it!  Obese individuals are causing the collapse of our healthcare system.  According to a report I saw in the AP, obese individuals cost us $1400 more per year in additional medical costs.  Let’s get them on the biggest loser and save our health care system! The question is, does obesity […]

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Does Medicare contain spending growth better than private insurance?

A paper by Boccuti and Moon (2003) believes it has. Annual per enrollee cost growth between 1970 and 2000 was 11.1% for private insurers, but only 9.7% for Medicare. Why is this? While cost growth between for Medicare and private insurance very similar for hospital services, private health insurance has had much steeper cost growth […]

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Marketplace on Healthcare

This past week, Marketplace has had a great series of posts on health care. These include: Could we solve the healthcare crisis by convincing all hospitals to behave like the Cleveland Clinic? David Goodman of Dartmouth says “If many of these high-cost hospitals started practicing like the Cleveland clinic today, next year they would look […]

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What I learned in my Macroeconomics Classes

The Economist has an interesting article about the failure of macroeconomics to predict the latest downturn and what it means for the future of the profession of economics.  As one who has little faith in macroeconomics, I certainly can commiserate with the opinions of the following Ph.D. students: According to David Colander, who has twice […]

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Oakland’s Creative Revenue Generator

California is known for beautiful beaches, Hollywood, and sublime parks.  In this post, however, I will discuss two other things for which California has recently become famous.   Marijuana.  Here in California, medical marijuana is legal.  Based on my unscientific of pedestrians on a variety of U.S. regions, northern California also has the most lax […]

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Health Insurance Makes You Fat

In my own research, I have examined the relationship to marriage and weight gain.   A study by Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood found that health insurance may actually increase body mass.  According to the authors: “We find weak evidence that more generous insurance coverage increases body mass index. We find […]

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