Tag Archives: Healthcare Costs

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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The Effect of U.S. Health Insurance Expansions on Medical Innovation

Here’s an interesting recent paper by Jeff Clemens on the effect of health insurance expansions on medical innovation. Abstract: I study the effect of health insurance expansions on medical innovation. Innovation by practitioners creates important roles for local patient flows and payment … Continue reading

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