Tag Archives: Healthcare Costs

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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Regional Variation in Health Insurance Premia, Wages, & Health Costs

While I’m certainly not the first to point these features out, it is astounding to look at how quickly health insurance premia have grown overtime, especially when you compare this growth to that of average wages, total Medicare spending per … Continue reading

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National Health Expenditures by Source of Funds: 1960-2010

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