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What Sweden Teaches Us About ObamaCare

As of 2013, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare reported that the average wait time from initial referral to start of treatment for "intermediary and high risk" prostate cancer was 220 days...

Managing Diabetes with Telemedicine

No state, until Mississippi, had ever required insurers to cover telemedicine at the same rate as in-person services...

Why America's Doctors Are Unhappy

A whopping 9 out of 10 doctors discourage others from joining their profession, and more and more physicians are dissatisfied with their line of work...

Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act

By shifting to a system of finite block grants to the states, the incentives that encourage higher Medicaid spending would disappear...

New Studies Indicate Problems with ObamaCare Enrollment Figures

In total, only 3.9 million people actually enrolled in insurance plans through the state or federal exchanges -- not 7.1 million...

Changes to U.S. Census Questions Could Cloud ObamaCare Impact

The U.S. Census Bureau is altering the questions it asks about health insurance so fundamentally that it will be hard to weigh the impact of President Obama's health care law against previous year's findings...

Why It's So Hard to Cut Medicare

Like your friend who always insists he plans to start a diet tomorrow, attempts to cut Medicare follow a similar pattern: lawmakers keep delaying spending cuts, pushing fiscally responsible measures aside until tomorrow...

More Puzzling ObamaCare Numbers

A new report from the RAND Corporation comes to very different conclusions about the success of the health insurance exchanges...

Innovative, Unique, Even Revolutionary: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

Traditionally, health plans allowed enrollees to go anywhere for care with little regard for costs; by contrast, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a cost incentive alternative for quality care, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Keeping Health Care Costs Down

Patients can save between 30 percent and 70 percent by going abroad for intensive medical procedures, such as bypass surgery and knee replacements...


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