Tag: Medicare
Death, Taxes, and Government Waste

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Perhaps, there is a third thing: government waste.

Medicare Trust Fund Is Running Out of Money

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is set to run out of money by 2026.

Counting the True Cost of Government Monopoly Health Care

Governor Gavin Newsom wants to expand Medi-Cal, the state’s program for low-income people, to every Californian under age 26, regardless of immigration status.

What Government Doesn’t Know About Health Care

What government doesn’t know about health care can keep you from getting the care you need when you need it.

How to Better Control the Growth of Medicare Spending

Medicare coverage based on lifetime income rather than current.

Average Wait Time to See a Doctor up 30 Percent in Three Years

Merritt Hawkins, a physician-staffing firm, has published its periodic survey of waiting times for appointments with physicians in 30 metropolitan markets. The results: Average new patient physician appointment wait times have increased significantly. The average wait time for a physician appointment for the 15 large metro markets surveyed is 24.1 days, up 30% from...
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Health Spending and Prices to Rise, 2018 through 2025

Before the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010, President Obama repeatedly promised that the typical family’s health premiums would go down by $2,500 after implementing the expansion of health insurance we label Obamacare. Nothing of the sort has happened, of course. For the past few years, prices and spending have appeared moderate by...
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Medicare, Medicaid and VA at High Risk for Waste, Fraud and Abuse, Says GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its biennial update of federal programs “that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement...” Healthcare programs feature high on the list. Medicare, the entitlement program for seniors, and Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for low-income households, are...
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Everybody Gets a Medal: Performance “Incentives” in Medicare Reform

In April 2015, huge bipartisan majorities passed a milestone Medicare reform bill called MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), which imported all the worst elements of Obamacare into Medicare. At the time, I wrote a series of posts (culminating in this one), which anticipated that physicians would refuse to swallow the medicine MACRA...
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Doctors Leaving Private Practice for Hospitals

A new survey by the Physicians Advocacy Institute and Avalere Health, a consulting firm, shows a significant increase in the number of physicians leaving independent practice and joining hospital-based health systems: From July 2012 to July 2015, the percentage of hospital-employed physicians increased by almost 50 percent, with increases in each six-month period measured...
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