Daily Policy Digest
|Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Undercuts Biologic Innovation
The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Unfortunately, the final draft might not pass Congress because of the deal's inadequate protection of intellectual property in biologic medicines...
|Understanding Slow Growth in Employer Benefit Costs
Total health care premiums grew 21.6 percent over six years, 2011 through 2016. However, the employee’s share of premiums grew by 30.1 percent, versus just 19.2 percent for the employer...
|Pharmaceutical Prices Finally Tame in November
November's Producer Price Index (PPI) finally saw a slowdown in pharmaceutical price increases...
|Are Hospitals Finally Being Forced to Compete in the Bronze Age?
Medicine in the “Bronze Age” is forcing hospitals to adapt an economy where many of customers are price sensitive because they have high-deductible Bronze plans...
|That Free Wellness Visit Can Cost You a Fortune!
Preventive care is supposed to be free under Obamacare, but that is not always the case, writes Devon Herrick...
|Why are U.S. Prescription Drug Prices Higher Than In Other Countries?
Many believe that price controls explain why prices for drugs are lower in other countries...
|Explaining the Fall (And Possible Rebirth) of Doctors' House Calls
House calls made up 40 percent of U.S. doctors' visits in the 1940s, before going into decline in the 1960s. These days, they comprise less than one percent of consultations...
|An Affordable Health Care System Would Look Nothing Like Obamacare
Reforming our dysfunctional health care system requires more than high deductibles plans and HSAs...
|Hospitals Dominate Health Jobs in November
Hospital jobs, which increased 13,000, comprised over half the growth in health jobs in November, writes John R. Graham.
|Healthy People Needed to Prop Up Obamacare Ponzi Scheme
The Affordable Care Act contains no cost control, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...