Tag Archives: Healthcare Costs

Mandate-Based Health Reform and the Labor Market: Evidence from the Massachusetts Reform

From Jonathan Kolstad and Amanda Kowalski: We model the labor market impact of the three key provisions of the recent Massachusetts and national “mandate-based” health reforms: individual and employer mandates and expansions in publicly-subsidized coverage. Using our model, we characterize the … Continue reading

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More Insurers Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

From Leemore Dafny, Jonathan Gruber, and Christopher Ody: First-year insurer participation in the Health Insurance Marketplaces (HIMs) established by the Affordable Care Act is limited in many areas of the country. There are 3.9 participants, on (population-weighted) average, in the 395 … Continue reading

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Does Medical Malpractice Law Improve Health Care Quality?

From Michael Frakes and Anupam Jena: Despite the fundamental role of deterrence in justifying a system of medical malpractice law, surprisingly little evidence has been put forth to date bearing on the relationship between medical liability forces on the one … Continue reading

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Bargaining in the Shadow of a Giant: Medicare’s Influence on Private Payment Systems

From Jeff Clemens and Joshua Gottlieb: We analyze Medicare’s influence on private payments for physicians’ services. Using a large administrative change in payments for surgical procedures relative to other medical services, we find that private payments follow Medicare’s lead. On average, a … Continue reading

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Physician Beliefs and Patient Preferences: A New Look at Regional Variation in Health Care Spending

From David Cutler, Jonathan Skinner, Ariel Dora Stern, and David Wennberg: There is considerable controversy about the causes of regional variations in healthcare expenditures. We use vignettes from patient and physician surveys, linked to Medicare expenditures at the level of … Continue reading

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Incomes & the Cost of a Colonoscopy across US Cities

I’m a bit late to posting this since I had my qualifying exams on Monday, but I saw this map for the front page story of this Sunday’s NYTimes and thought it was interesting. It shows how much the cost … Continue reading

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A Nice Profile of Leemore Dafny & Her Work on Competition in Health Insurance Markets

She [...] determine[d] that insurers charge more profitable businesses higher premiums, a relationship strongest in geographic markets with a small number of carriers. Beyond higher costs, scant competition also probably causes “a lack of innovation,” she said. She published her … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Promise of Progressive Cost Consciousness in Health-care Reform

From Jason Furman in April 2007: This paper proposes a template for a progressive cost sharing plan that would require typical families to pay half of their health costs until they reached 7.5 percent of their income; low-income families would not … Continue reading

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Links I liked: Health Premium Increases, Immigration, and Closemindedness

1. With health law looming, one large insurer wants a 25 percent premium hike by Sarah Kliff 2. 5 ways immigration reform will help low wage workers by Ezra Klein 3. Why well informed people are also close minded by … Continue reading

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Short post: Good News, Bad News

Good News: Obama taps Brian Deese for Deputy Budget Director Bad News: HHS scraps proposed cuts to private Medicare plans

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