Health Care Commentary

A fundamental management tenet advises organizations to understand their core competencies, and solely focus on these functions. All other tasks should be outsourced to organizations who specialize in providing these services. For more than a decade the North Carolina state government has been following this advice...

Last Friday, President Trump delivered a major speech from the White House Rose Garden on prescription drug prices. He announced several policies aimed at reducing the overall cost of pharmaceuticals and limiting patients’ out-of-pocket expenses. His reform agenda, entitled “American Patients First,” is largely excellent. It...

The Department of Veterans Affairs is once again in need of someone to lead it. The president’s last nominee, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, withdrew his name from consideration last month [April 26] after a flurry of allegations regarding his professional conduct as White House physician. Dr....

Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., recently introduced the "Choose Medicare Act," which would give every American the option to buy into Medicare. Their colleagues have already rolled out three other bills that would provide for a more limited Medicare buy-in, a Medicaid...

Canada's health care system is back on trial. Last month, a nine-year-old lawsuit challenging British Columbia's prohibition on private health insurance and private payment for medical care resumed. Dr. Brian Day, an orthopedic surgeon who runs the private Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver, is leading the...

Washington is the latest state to contemplate a government takeover of its health care system. The Evergreen State’s legislature just allocated $100,000 for a “study of single-payer and universal coverage health care systems.” They may as well have lit that money on fire. Several other states...

A U.S. district court in Montana just imposed a $34 million fine on Canada Drugs, an online pharmacy charged with selling counterfeit medications to unsuspecting Americans. Some of the drugs contained no active ingredients. Canada Drugs isn’t the only online pharmacy that puts patients’ lives in serious...

The Trump administration is trying to make health insurance affordable again. That's the aim of a regulation issued earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new rule would give states greater leeway over how they comply with ObamaCare's essential health benefits,...