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Medical Tourism: An Odd Byproduct of High Drug Prices

On numerous occasions President Trump has lambasted drug companies for their high drug prices. He has suggested on more than one occasion Americans should be allowed to import medications from abroad where they are cheaper, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Why Do Late Middle-Aged Women Allow Obamacare To Gouge Them?

In February, Professor Mark Pauly of the Wharton Business School wrote a short article proposing reforms to individual health insurance, in which he reminded us the biggest premium hike in the market for individual insurance consequent to Obamacare was among women in their 60s, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Repealing Obamacare Will Create Jobs

Obamacare channeled billions of dollars out of the productive economy and diverted it towards a health-services sector that has become even more bloated than it was before 2010. Many new health jobs are paper pushers, not doctors and nurses -- not the kind of jobs we should be bragging about, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Louisiana Shows Coverage Does Not Equal Access

Louisiana has added 402,557 adults through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion as a result of Obamacare's expansion. However, only 62,742 received medical care as a result, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health At High Risk of Abuse in Government Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its biennial update of federal programs "that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement..." Healthcare programs feature high on the list, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Health Spending and Prices to Rise Through 2025

Actuaries at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a government agency, have just updated their estimate of future health spending. Spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance will increase faster than the recent past, making a mockery of Obamacare's claims, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

American Patients Have Much, Much Better Access to Cancer Drugs Than Others Do

Of 45 anticancer drug indications approved in the United States between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013, 64 percent (29) were approved by the European Medicines Agency; 76 percent (34) were approved in Canada; and 71 percent (32) were approved in Australia between January 1, 2009, and June 30, 2014. The U.S. Medicare program covered all 45 drug indications; the United Kingdom covered 72 percent (21) of those approved in Europe -- only 47 percent (21) of the drug indications covered by Medicare. Canada and France covered 33 percent (15) and 42 percent (19) of the drug indications covered by Medicare, respectively, and Australia was the most restrictive country, covering only 31 percent (14), writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

It's Time to Rethink How We Manage, Pay for Care for The Sickest 10%

Americans are increasingly enrolling in health plans that reimburse none of their medical bills, but are costly nonetheless. Many day-to-day medical care costs are paid entirely out-of-pocket, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Repealing Obamacare Is Good For California Jobs

Obamacare was a cash cow for providers, who now argue it was a program for jobs and economic growth. They now say that repealing Obamacare will kill California jobs. That grabs any politician's attention, but it is not true, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Celebrity Apprentice and Medical Innovation Have Something Important in Common

A new report should help President Trump find his way out of the confusion suggested by his very mixed signals on the role of medical innovation to American prosperity and patient. The same policies which protect his investment in reality TV ensure medical innovators can invest in research and development, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...


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