Tag Archives: Healthcare

Who Benefits when the Government Pays More? Pass-Through in the Medicare Advantage Program

From Mark Duggan, Amanda Starc, Boris Vabson: Governments contract with private firms to provide a wide range of services. While a large body of previous work has estimated the effects of that contracting, surprisingly little has investigated how those effects vary … Continue reading

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Insurer Competition and Negotiated Hospital Prices

From Kate Ho and Robin Lee: We measure the impact of increased health insurer competition on negotiated hospital prices using detailed 2004 California claims data. We develop a theoretical bargaining model to motivate our empirical analysis, and use the competitiveness … Continue reading

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MIT’s Heidi Williams Decodes Economics of Gene Sequencing

Here’s an interesting profile of Heidi Williams and her work on innovation in healthcare. HT: Marginal Revolution

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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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The Response of Drug Expenditure to Contract Design in Medicare Part D

From Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, and Paul Schrimpf, We study the demand response to non-linear price schedules using data on insurance contacts and prescription drug claims in Medicare Part D. Consistent with static response of drug use to price, we document … 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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Horrible Situation, Interesting Economics Experiment

From a NYTimes article on new Medicaid coverage holes in certain states, i.e. Texas, Florida, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, which are refusing to expand Medicaid: In most cases, she said, adults with incomes from 32 percent to 100 percent of the … Continue reading

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Large Variation in Hospital Billing: Three Preliminary Takeaways from New U.S. Data

The NYTimes has an interesting article on variation in hospital billing. In addition to highlighting substantial dispersion for the same procedure even within local areas (e.g. “a hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while … Continue reading

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A Century of Progress in Health Technology

From an Ezra Klein healthcare article that you should read.

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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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