Health Insurance Snapshot for 2009

There are approximately 265 million individuals in the United States under age 65 in 2009.  Using the 2010 March Current Population Survey (CPS) data, the employee benefits research institute provides the insurance coverage breakdowns. Employer-sponsored group plan: 156.1 million (59.0 percent) Insurance bought directly from insurer on individual market: 16.7 million (6.3 percent) Medicaid: 44.1…

Health Reform’s Basic Health Plan

What is the Basic Health Plan (BHP)? Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute explains: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers states the option to implement the Basic Health Program (BHP). BHP gives states 95 percent of what the federal government would have spent on tax credits and subsidies for out-of-pocket costs for…

Thursday Links

Why Don’t People and Institutions Do What They Know They Should? Is the government subsidizing drug abuse? A GOP-palatable alternative to ObamaCare? When getting cancer isn’t a death sentence. Does health insurance for the poor improve health?

Do doctors tailor the care they provide based on the patient’s health plan?

Many studies (including my own) have shown that physicians paid via capitation  perform fewer services than those paid via fee-for-service (FFS).  In the current health care world, however, most physicians treat patients from a variety of different insurance systems (notable exceptions are doctors working at Kaiser and the VA). Two important research questions come to…

Nobel Prize in Economics

Two months ago I was standing in Stockholm’s Stadshuset (City Hall).  Soon, Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims will be there as well.  The pair, however, will be accepting the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics. Although I am not a macroeconomist myself, Marginal Revolution has a good description of the pair. Thomas Sargent. Christopher Sims. My…