Tag: Healthcare

Government Buries Evidence of Poor Access to Care under Obamacare »

Thank providence for USA Today, which has given us yet another story describing how poor access to health care is under Obamacare. People who fell for navigators’ sales pitches and signed up for Obamacare are discovering that it is junk insurance: “The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president...
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92 Percent of Nurses Are Dissatisfied with Electronic Health Records »

Although we have discussed their dissatisfaction with electronic health records, hospitals and physicians are not the only victims of the federal government’s $30 billion adventure in underwriting poor IT investments. Nurses are almost uniformly disappointed in EHRs, according to a new survey by Black Book Market Research: Dissatisfaction with inpatient electronic health record systems...
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Australia to Raise $5 Billion by Privatizing Its Biggest Health Insurer »

Australia’s federal government is aiming to raise almost $5 billion by privatizing the country’s largest health insurer: Australia hopes to raise up to Aus$5.51 billion (US$4.82 billion) through the sale of the country’s largest health insurer in an initial public offering, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Monday. Cormann said the sale would remove the...
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Is Medicaid-Associated Overuse of Emergency Departments Just a Surge? »

Research from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggests that rising Medicaid dependency does not result in a secular increase in use of hospitals’ emergency departments. Rather, the jump in ED use is just pent-up demand being satisfied, and drops off. This is the conclusion of a study that examined ED visits by...
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The Case for Drugstore Clinics »

In The Atlantic, Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, has delivered “The Case Against Drugstore Clinics.” It is a weak case. Let’s take his strongest argument first: A woman with a sore throat went to a retail clinic and received a prescription for antibiotics. After a few days, she hadn’t gotten better, so she went to...
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Evading Ebola? Don’t Seal the Border »

In its latest report, the United Nations health agency stated some 4,033 people have died of confirmed, suspected, or probable cases of Ebola. So far, 8,399 cases of Ebola have been reported. Most of these cases have occurred in West Africa. The outbreak began in December 2013 in Guinea and has since spread to...
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Hospital Administrative Costs Are Highest in the United States »

The Commonwealth Fund has sponsored yet another study that concludes that the U.S. health system is less efficient than others. This time, the measurement is specifically hospitals’ administrative costs. As always, it recommends single-payer, government monopoly as the solution. Readers of this blog know that I am not about to defend hospitals’ bloated administrative costs....
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Federal “Open Payments” Website Stumbles Out of the Starting Gate »

The federal government has launched an intrusive and mischievous Open Payments website, where payments for consulting and similar services provided by doctors to pharmaceutical and medical-device makers are publicized. Paul Keckley aptly summarizes the recent data dump from the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS): In the last five months of 2013, drug manufacturers...
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A New Obamacare Lawsuit from the Former Top Obamacrat »

Here’s one from the “you can’t make this up” files: The Department of Health and Human Services is in the spotlight for claims it is violating the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was filed by Mehri & Skalet attorney Jay Angoff, who used to oversee ACA implementation for HHS. Filed on behalf of a...
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Berkeley’s Free Medical Marijuana Plan Shows Economic Thinking Has Gone to Pot »

In 1996, California passed Proposition 215, making it the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Its passage, however, did not trump federal law, under which cannabis remains illegal as per the Controlled Substance Act. Due to this illegality on the federal level, private insurance companies, as well as state programs like Medi-Cal, do not...
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