Published 10:25 am, Monday, August 7, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Shop for health care with these websites and apps 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible. This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make care more affordable — laudable goals considering the nation’s health care system ranks among the least efficient in the world, according to a recent Bloomberg analysis. More widespread use of health quality and cost resources may be part of the solution. Providing health care prices to consumers, health care professionals and other stakeholders could reduce U.S. health care spending by more than $100 billion during the next decade, according to a 2014 report by the Gary and … [Read more...] about Shop for health care with these websites and apps
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0 View Comments El Paso County and its jail health care provider were warned at the end of last year that poor performance on an audit has put one of the facility's widely-recognized credentials at risk. A survey of the jail last fall by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare found critical violations of the accrediting agency's standards, including suicidal inmates who were not adequately supervised, lapses in documentation showing that practitioners were properly trained and sick calls that were going unanswered for a week or more, according to a letter that the Sheriff's Office provided to The Gazette last week. Sheriff's officials said the shortcomings were addressed within a month following the auditors' visit and that they expect the NCCHC will renew the jail's accreditation around late April. Related: Colorado Springs ambulance company's response time an 'imminent threat,' according to complaints But if the jail's new health care provider, Armor Correctional … [Read more...] about El Paso County jail health care provider facing $100,000 fee if lapses go uncorrected
Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care? Author : Naveen TennetiNaveen is a junior doctor at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. He is a current distance student of Economics and Development at the University of London and recently convened the 2015 Global Ideas Forum. Universal health care (UHC) aims to ensure that all people can access the health services they need without suffering from financial hardship. UHC, by its all-encompassing nature, is necessarily an expensive endeavour. The long-term benefits that accrue from healthier populations, however, far outweigh the short-term costs. Yet this doesn’t stop the foundations of UHC being targeted by the short-termism implicit in 24-hour media cycles and political turbulence. Particularly in higher-income countries, the moral panic of ageing populations and the burden of chronic disease have led to much hand-wringing and short-sighted proposals to reduce spending. Australia, … [Read more...] about Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care?
This biweekly edition of health Wonk Review covers the recent news that health care cost inflation has moderated, digs into various aspects of ACA implementation, and provides insights on a couple other timely topics. Read on! Health care cost trends are slowing… First up, Health Affairs’ just-released research indicates the decline in inflation could result in a reduction of $770 billion (yup, that’s “billion” with a B) in public program health care costs over ten years. I can hear the cheering… For those looking for a thoughtful and comprehensive consideration of the sustainability of this trend, consider this post from John Holahan and Stacy McMorrow of the Urban Institute; “All of these factors taken together suggest that a return to a high historic growth rates in health care spending may not materialize….we…are cautiously optimistic.” John Roehrig is less optimistic, using research into economic cycles … [Read more...] about HWR on health care cost trends, reform implementation, and motivations
(Natural News) The main reason why Obamacare failed so badly is because it rejects virtually everything that has made America so great and prosperous. It rejects the concept of individual liberty, because the people are no longer free to select their doctors or their desired medical care. It rejects self-governance, because the government is responsible for most of the decision making and not the individuals. And it rejects free market capitalism, because even eight years after the system was officially implemented, competition continues to decline.As reported late last month by Brendan Kirby of LifeZette.com, a new study put out by the Heritage Foundation indicates that competition within the Obamacare health insurance exchanges declined for the third straight year in 2018. Specifically, the study found that a total of 181 companies are selling policies this year, which is down from 218 companies last year and 253 when the exchanges became available online in 2014. The year before … [Read more...] about Obamacare collapse accelerates as half the health care companies that once offered it have since dropped the unsustainable scheme