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Volume 5, Number 21
June 20, 2008


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Can Capitalism Save American Health Care?

David Gratzer, Economic Insights, 6-20-08

Everyone I know has some frustrating story about American health care, often involving the confusion—the prices that are inscrutable, the ever-rising costs, the questionable quality, and the chaotic lack of information. That is the micro-level. Of course, the macro picture is equally confusing. We now spend $2 trillion a year on health care in the United States: 16 percent of GDP. It is awesome how much health costs have gone up in just a short period of time—not in the last 500 years, not in the last 50 years, but in the last five years. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a report showing that health insurance premiums have doubled since the year 2000.
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News

· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

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Commentary

· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


Research

· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid — Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

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SPOTLIGHT

Can Capitalism Save American Health Care?
NEW SECOND OPINION!
Experts Discuss Electronic Medical Records in our "Second Opinion" Expert Forum!

This Week's Expert Panel:   • John Engler
  • Edward W. Felten
  • Jim Frogue
  • William Winkenwerder
Click here to read their second opinions.
 
Upcoming Event! Lunch Briefing on Capitol Hill - June 23, 2008
The FDA and PDUFA: Timely Review or Unsafe Approval?

For details, contact Samara Klar at sklar@manhattan-institute.org

New York's Uninsured: Looking Back and Moving Forward.

Transcript now available.

New Report by Tarren Bragdon
Rx NY: A Prescription for More Accessible Health Care in NY

New book by Regina Herzlinger: Who Killed Health Care: America's $2 Trillion Problem - and the Consumer-Driven Cure (McGraw-Hill, June 2007)

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