Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

Health Care's Third-Party Spending Trap

Health insurance is important, but using it for routine, predicable care rather than unforeseen and catastrophic occurrences is nothing more than prepaid health care, which drives up prices for everybody in the system...

Utah May Substitute Private Insurance for Medicaid Expansion

Utah is considering giving low-income residents the option to buy private insurance rather than expand Medicaid...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approval Process Is Too Slow

Without the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, companies would still be driven by their profit motives not to market unsafe drugs to the public...

British Hospital Blunders: 40 Patients Given Surgery on Wrong Limb

Over the last six months, there have been 37 cases of patients under the care of Britain's National Health Service who received surgery on the wrong part of their body; 21 patients received the wrong implant or prosthesis...

Keeping Patients in Dedicated Observation Units Could Save Millions

Caring for patients in dedicated observation units with clear and defined protocols could save $950 million nationally, every year...

Companies Plan to Pass More Health Insurance Costs to Employees

Media giant Gannett is dealing with increased costs by replacing its health care plans with a high-deductible plan; some employees saw a 60 percent increase in family premiums...

A Brief History of Health Savings Accounts

More than 30 million people now control some of their own health care dollars through a Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Arrangement, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

The Impact of State Medicaid Expansion in Arizona

The total cost to Arizona of covering new Medicaid beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act will reach $906 million annually within the next decade, say Michael Bond, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Stephen T. Parente, a professor at the University of Minnesota...

Another Way Taxpayers Lose Under ObamaCare

State insurance commissioners have long had incentive to say "no" to insurers' requests to increase health insurance premiums; with the Affordable Care Act, the commissioners' motives are flipped...

Slow Regulatory Approval in Canada Hinders Cancer Survival

The time required to review five new oncology drugs was 1.5 to 4.5 times longer in Canada than in the United States...


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