NCPA Media: Health Care

  • Apr 16, 2011

    How Safe is Your Hospital?

    Townhall.com - Hospitals are dangerous places to be. At least if you are a patient. My colleagues Biff Jones and Pam Villarreal and I estimate that as many as 187,000 patients die every year for some reason other than the medical condition which caused them to seek care. We also estimate there are 6.1 million injuries caused by the health care system, including hospital acquired infections that afflict one in every 20 hospital patients.


  • Apr 14, 2011

    The 'Harm' in Healthcare Spending

    OneNewsNow.com - A new study from a non-partisan public policy research organization puts a price tag on the social cost of medical errors and other adverse events caused by the healthcare system -- and one researcher has a suggestion that would alleviate the expense.


  • Apr 08, 2011

    Social Costs From Medical Errors Could Near $1 Trillion, Researchers Find

    Dallas Morning News Online - The social cost of adverse medical events could near $1 trillion yearly, according to newly published research.


  • Apr 08, 2011

    GOP dodges Medicaid plan downside

    Politico: Republicans talk a lot about how Medicaid block grants could help governors bring down their costs, but they don’t talk as much about what, exactly, the states would do with them.


  • Apr 07, 2011

    Cost of Adverse Events/Medical Errors Equal to up to 45% of Health Care Spending

    NCPA Report in Health Affairs April Issue

    NCPA- The cost of death and injury from medical errors and other adverse events caused  by the health care system itself  is enormous, according to a new study by the National Center For Policy Analysis. The study is featured in the April issue of Health Affairs, which was released earlier today.


  • Apr 07, 2011

    Medical Errors Cost Health Care System Billions

    National Journal Online - As much as 45 cents out of every dollar spent on U.S. health care is related to a medical mistake, researchers reported on Thursday.


  • Apr 06, 2011

    Entitlement Reform: What Next?

    National Review Online - The Republicans have no plan to insure the uninsured. How do I know that? A New York Times editorial told me. So did Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post. But wait. Didn't John McCain have such a plan during the last presidential election?


  • Apr 04, 2011

    Understanding Rep. Ryan’s Plan for Medicare

    Kaiser Health News - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left many details to Congress when he unveiled Tuesday his plan to make major changes to Medicare as part of a fiscal 2012 budget resolution. He says his overall objective is to convert Medicare into a premium support program for which the government will spend a specific amount for beneficiaries' care, a fundamental shift from the current fee-for-service program. Backers of premium support say it is similar to the health insurance program for federal workers but others say it may not meet seniors’ needs.