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Ranking Health Care in the States: The Most Important Input is the Patient

State-Based Health Reforms Demand State-Based Performance Measurements This month, PRI publishes the second edition of the U.S. Index of Health Ownership (IHOP), the only project that ranks states’ health care according to principles of individual choice. This is very different from other rankings of health care in the states, because ...
California

Unbalanced Billing in California Hospitals: the Sacramento Bee Weighs In

The Sacramento Bee, our, our fair capital’s daily newspaper, has editorialized on the issue of “balance billing”, whereby ER doctors and hospitals which are not in a patient’s health plan’s network, send high-priced (and unexpected) bills to patients. Interestingly, although the editorial leans against the health plans, it approves of ...
Commentary

Nursing Home Evictions: Another Problem of Government Dependency

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran a feature article about nursing homes evicting frail residents. Spokespeople for the nursing homes claimed that these evictions were in accord with federal law, which allows evictions for only a few reasons, such as non-payment of bills, danger to others, or the nursing homes’ inability ...
California

A Grotesque Twist to the Los Angeles Homeless-Hospital Saga

Only three days ago, I wondered what Los Angeles hoped to achieve by passing an ordnance forbidding hospitals from discharging ER patients without their written consent. As I noted, many homeless people would be happy to stay in the hospital for quite a while under such circumstances. I also blamed ...
Commentary

Biotech at risk for broadside hit

Ethics bill would be malpractice On the last day of July, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care. It’s both a mouthful and a mess. If Gov. Deval Patrick doesn’t veto the bill by Aug. 13, the ...
Commentary

Crisis in the ER? The Solution is At Hand! (It’s Not More Taxpayer Dollars)

Three stories about the uninsured and emergency rooms came across the transom today. As I’ve written about in my analysis of the Schwarzenegger-Nuñez California Health Care Deforminator ABX1 1, the notion that the legions of uninsured crowding America’s ERs is the cause of the health care “crisis” is myth. Nevertheless, ...
California

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s War on Choice in Health Insurance Heats Up

Ever since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Health Care Deforminator ABX1 1 stumbled just short of the finish line last January, he and his Democratic allies in the legislature have been looking to move bits and pieces of the failed health reform plan forward. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Jordan ...
Business & Economics

The Case for Womanism

Dee Dee Myers was the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary and the youngest ever at 31. She served under President Bill Clinton. Now she has taken on a more demanding task in Why Women Should Rule the World, a manifesto for what we might call Womanism. ...
California

New Los Angeles Ordnance Turns Hospitals Into Homeless Shelters

Enterprises that “collaborate” with government generally find that the costs come to outweigh the benefits. Those who seek a “seat at the table” often end up being the main course. (Thanks to Bridgett Wagner of the Heritage Foundation for the metaphor.) And in the end, you cannot buy politicians off; ...
California

Unbalanced billing In California hospitals

Imagine if you bought an airline ticket to fly from San Francisco to Chicago and after the flight you received an extra bill from the co-pilot for what he claims is a fair price for his services. He is unsatisfied with the airline’s pay and would like you and your ...
Government Spending

Ranking Health Care in the States: The Most Important Input is the Patient

State-Based Health Reforms Demand State-Based Performance Measurements This month, PRI publishes the second edition of the U.S. Index of Health Ownership (IHOP), the only project that ranks states’ health care according to principles of individual choice. This is very different from other rankings of health care in the states, because ...
California

Unbalanced Billing in California Hospitals: the Sacramento Bee Weighs In

The Sacramento Bee, our, our fair capital’s daily newspaper, has editorialized on the issue of “balance billing”, whereby ER doctors and hospitals which are not in a patient’s health plan’s network, send high-priced (and unexpected) bills to patients. Interestingly, although the editorial leans against the health plans, it approves of ...
Commentary

Nursing Home Evictions: Another Problem of Government Dependency

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran a feature article about nursing homes evicting frail residents. Spokespeople for the nursing homes claimed that these evictions were in accord with federal law, which allows evictions for only a few reasons, such as non-payment of bills, danger to others, or the nursing homes’ inability ...
California

A Grotesque Twist to the Los Angeles Homeless-Hospital Saga

Only three days ago, I wondered what Los Angeles hoped to achieve by passing an ordnance forbidding hospitals from discharging ER patients without their written consent. As I noted, many homeless people would be happy to stay in the hospital for quite a while under such circumstances. I also blamed ...
Commentary

Biotech at risk for broadside hit

Ethics bill would be malpractice On the last day of July, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care. It’s both a mouthful and a mess. If Gov. Deval Patrick doesn’t veto the bill by Aug. 13, the ...
Commentary

Crisis in the ER? The Solution is At Hand! (It’s Not More Taxpayer Dollars)

Three stories about the uninsured and emergency rooms came across the transom today. As I’ve written about in my analysis of the Schwarzenegger-Nuñez California Health Care Deforminator ABX1 1, the notion that the legions of uninsured crowding America’s ERs is the cause of the health care “crisis” is myth. Nevertheless, ...
California

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s War on Choice in Health Insurance Heats Up

Ever since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Health Care Deforminator ABX1 1 stumbled just short of the finish line last January, he and his Democratic allies in the legislature have been looking to move bits and pieces of the failed health reform plan forward. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Jordan ...
Business & Economics

The Case for Womanism

Dee Dee Myers was the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary and the youngest ever at 31. She served under President Bill Clinton. Now she has taken on a more demanding task in Why Women Should Rule the World, a manifesto for what we might call Womanism. ...
California

New Los Angeles Ordnance Turns Hospitals Into Homeless Shelters

Enterprises that “collaborate” with government generally find that the costs come to outweigh the benefits. Those who seek a “seat at the table” often end up being the main course. (Thanks to Bridgett Wagner of the Heritage Foundation for the metaphor.) And in the end, you cannot buy politicians off; ...
California

Unbalanced billing In California hospitals

Imagine if you bought an airline ticket to fly from San Francisco to Chicago and after the flight you received an extra bill from the co-pilot for what he claims is a fair price for his services. He is unsatisfied with the airline’s pay and would like you and your ...
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