Health

Explaining the Growth of Medicare: Part II

Utilization of medical care has risen dramatically since Medicare began in 1965. In that year, health expenditures accounted for 5.7 percent of the nation’s output.

Prescription Drugs for Seniors
Medicare currently pays only five percent of the cost of prescription drugs used by Medicare beneficiaries. Proposals to add a comprehensive prescription drug benefit to the program could shift as muc…
Health Care in Five Nations
A new survey sheds light on the relative merits of the health care systems in five English-speaking countries. This is the latest in a series of studies conducted by researchers at the Harvard School…
Increasing Consumer Choice in Health Care: Five Steps Employers Can Take Now
The essential problem in our health care system is that consumers are divorced from the cost of the services they consume. We have become so dependent on third-party payment that patients pay directly…
Giving Patients More Control
Eighty-eight percent of Americans with private health insurance coverage get it through employers, and the employment-based health insurance system has served millions of Americans for more than 50 ye…
Breathe Easier on Asthma-Air Pollution Link

Some past studies have shown that air pollution can aggravate pre-existing lung ailments. But pollution-control advocates are mistakenly citing a study published in the February 2nd issue of The Lance…

Two Cheers For Bush Health Plan

Ever since Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed attempt to restructure the nation's health care system, members of Congress have been reluctant to propose any major health care reforms, sticking instead to…

Tax Relief For The Uninsured: Scholarship vs. Political Hype

People with employer-provided health insurance receive a substantial tax saving because this benefit is not taxed as income. On the other hand, people who buy their own insurance must do so with after…