Posts Tagged ‘healthcare spending’

Stupak “Rider” Should Be Actuarially Sound

Friday, November 13th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Let us start by acknowledging that those who think abortion is a sin must be respected, and not forced into a risk pool that covers abortion.  Let us also acknowledge that those who are pro-choice need to accept the beliefs of those who are pro-life, and recognize that abortion [...]

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Painless Way to Save Money in Health Care #1

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

There are a number of ways to save money in health care without anyone (”anyone” being defined as “anyone who is not a special interest”) feeling a reduction in service or quality. 
The first is quite simple.  Believe it or not, when a state Medicaid director puts an expensive new program in place that will ”reduce costs while increasing [...]

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Why healthcare can never fall as a % of GDP, Part Two

Friday, October 9th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Last time I ended my entry by observing that as increasingly effective, painless, and expensive procedures,diagnostics and therapies are introduced, they will be over-consumed.  Why?  There is no economic check-and-balance against this because these resources are virtually free at the point of sale, which brings me to the third observation (counting the the last posting as [...]

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why health care costs can never fall as a % of GDP, Part One

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

This is the first in a series of blogs over the next week to explain why we need to get used to health care expenses continuing to rise, unless we are willing to discuss the R word (rationing). 
If all doctors and hospitals did was the same procedures we did 30 years ago, spending would be [...]

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Can too much disease prevention be hazardous to your health?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Be careful before assuming that prevention is the key to lower healthcare costs. Like with most things in life (1) you need to look at the data and (2) as HL Mencken said, “For every problem, no matter how complex, there is a simple and easily understood solution, and it’s almost always wrong.”

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