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Volume 3, Number 7
March 3, 2006


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In the Spotlight

Health Care Won’t Heal Itself

J. Edward Hill, MD, Medical Progress Today, 3-3-06

America's $1.9 trillion per year health care system has a very bad case of the shakes. Last month, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services actuaries told us health spending will consistently outpace gross domestic product growth. They speculated health care costs would consume one-fifth of GDP by 2015.
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Commentary

Goldilocks Pricing
Richard Tren, Roger Bate, Tech Central Station, 2-27-06

Bate and Tren wryly observe that AIDS activists who have campaigned for pharmaceutical companies to lower prices for innovative new AIDS drugs are now complaining that some companies have lowered them too much, thus hurting the profitability of generic companies that make cheap copycat versions of those same medicines.
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Price Transparency
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute, 2-24-06

Turner thinks that price transparency “is the hottest conversation right now in the world of consumer directed health care,” with insurers like Aetna and Humana encouraging their policyholders to compare prices for common operations and tests. She also hopes that the trend won’t stop there.
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Biased Doctors?
Sally Satel, MD, National Review Online, 2-23-06

Satel argues that the health care community has become enamored of a persistent but fallacious myth: that minorities receive inferior health care because of conscious or unconscious physician bias.
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Pharma Pain: Canada Must Revamp its Drug Pricing Policies or Face Shortages as U.S. Demand Siphons Off Our Supply
Brett J. Skinner, National Post, 2-16-06

Skinner warns that Canada’s policy of forcing drug prices down may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory now that American consumers have discovered the charms of buying Canadian medicines over the Internet.
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Research

Medical Bankruptcy: Myth vs. Fact
David Dranove, Michael L. Millenson, Health Affairs, 2-28-06

Dranove and Millenson take issue with an February 2005 article in Health Affairs alleging an epidemic of consumer bankruptcies stemming from medical costs.
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Methods Commonly Used To Create “Report Cards” May Overestimate the Quality of Health Care
Dr. Catherine MacLean, Rachel Louie, et al., Medical Care, 2-23-06

In this study from the RAND Corporation, researchers warn that we should adjust our scoring process for rating health care providers in order to reach a truer picture of health care quality.
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In this week's issue:

SPOTLIGHT

Health Care Won’t Heal Itself

COMMENTARY

Goldilocks Pricing
Price Transparency
Biased Doctors?
Pharma Pain: Canada Must Revamp its Drug Pricing Policies or Face Shortages as U.S. Demand Siphons Off Our Supply

RESEARCH

Medical Bankruptcy: Myth vs. Fact
Methods Commonly Used To Create “Report Cards” May Overestimate the Quality of Health Care
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