Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

Telemedicine Use Is Rising

Up to 70 percent of doctor visits can actually be handled over the phone...

Replace ObamaCare, Stat

The problems that ObamaCare is creating in the labor market would vanish with a uniform tax credit and no mandate, says John Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute...

The TRICARE Quagmire

Only 58 percent of civilian providers accepted new TRICARE patients between 2008 and 2011, while 72 percent accepted new Medicaid patients and 96 percent accepted new commercially insured patients, says Jacob Casey, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Code Chaos

With changes to the health care coding system, the number of codes in the system will skyrocket from 17,000 to 155,000...

Relaxing Licensing Requirements on Nurse Practitioners

Restrictive state licensing practices only increase the cost of medical care without increasing the quality of that care...

ObamaCare's Failed State Exchanges

Maryland received $157.2 million in federal dollars for a state health insurance exchange site that failed almost simultaneously with its launch...

The Medical Care Cost Ratchet

A population that is fully insured spends 40 percent to 50 percent more than a population with a large deductible, while gaining no measurable improvement in health status from the additional services...

High Coinsurance Rates Mean High Drug Costs for Patients

Studies of various health plans with a percentage copayment model indicate that consumers may be responsible for up to 50 percent of the cost of specialty drugs, which can cost $8,000 or more each month...

Concierge Medicine Is Not Just for the Wealthy

To bring down the cost of insurance, basic health care maintenance should be divorced from more serious care...

Expanding Medicaid Will Harm Enrollees

Bringing more individuals into Medicaid will only put further strains on a program already struggling to care for those currently enrolled...


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