Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

The Downside of Concentrated Health Care Markets

Many recent healthcare policies aim to consolidate the provision of medical services.  For instance, Accountable Care Organizations consolidate providers with the goal of providing seamless, integrated patient care.  Consolidation can increase efficiency and (potentially) drive down prices.  If a market is highly concentrated, however, problems in a single supplier can lead to shortages.  Consider the […]

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Will Nurses Steal Market Share from Physicians?

Currently, physicians are the dominant force in determining how health care is provided in the United States today.  Nurses, however, also play a vital role in the provision of health care services.  Although there are about 660,000 physicians in the U.S., there are 2.6 million registered nurses and another 750,000 LPNs. Leveraging the skills of […]

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Shortage! Shortage!…Shortage???

In the news, you often hear that there are shortages of nurses and physicians.  We need more nurses and physicians, right?  According to an editorial by Laurence Baker in Health Services Review, we should be a little skeptical of calls for more and more healthcare providers.  If supplier-induced demand is a problem, more providers will […]

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