Yearly Archive for: ‘2009’

Health Cuts with Little Effect on Care

In his “Economic Scene” column in the New York Times, Leonard writes about the challenge of cutting health care costs while maintaining or improving quality: At the heart of the health care debate is the question of whether it’s possible to cut medical costs without harming patients. What has happened here in Richmond helps to answer that question. He concludes: …

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Using and Overusing Technology

In today’s New York Times, Catherine Rampall reports on the rank of the USA in use of high-tech imaging technologies. Here is one of the graphs: OECD Health Data 2009 Number of CT exams per 1,000 population, 2007 (or latest year available). Numbers for Australia and France include exams for out-patients and private in-patients (excluding exams in public hospitals). France, at …

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Cost is the Spectre Haunting Health Reform

Atul Gawande, the M.D. who has been writing so brilliantly about our health crisis, has done it again. Writing for the New Yorker, Gawande addresses the current reform bills being debated in our nation’s Capitol. Here’s the beginning of his article: TESTING, TESTING The health-care bill has no master plan for curbing costs. Is that a bad thing? by Atul Gawande …

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Five Biggest Health Reform Myths

Claims about a government takeover, rationing largely unfounded In her Vital Signs column for Marketwatch, Kristen Gerencher writes: “As the clock ticks toward what could be final congressional approval of the most sweeping health-reform legislation in more than 40 years, a little perspective is in order.” “The health-care system is complex, yet Americans’ experiences with it are deeply personal, making it …

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Again, US Tops World in Health Care Spending

Total health expenditure per capita, public and private, 2007 The AP reports on a new study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international an international organization of 30 countries, including the U.S., that accept the principles of representative democracy and free-market economy. The article begins: The United States ranks near the bottom in life expectancy among wealthy nations …

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