Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

The Death of Physician-Owned Private Practices

By next year, an estimated 50 percent of U.S. doctors will be working in hospitals -- a nearly 75 percent increase in the number of doctors employed by hospitals since 2000...

States Failing When It Comes to Health Care Price Transparency Laws

A report card on price transparency in health care costs gives 29 states an "F" and seven states a "D" for policies that keep patients and their families in the dark on prices...

Most States Will Lose Money Expanding Medicaid

Forty of the 50 states are projected to see increases in Medicaid costs due to Medicaid expansion...

Affordable Care Act Application Long and Cumbersome

With more than 60 pages in just a description of the insurance application, the dream of the Affordable Care Act bringing simplicity to health care is far from accomplished...

Difference in What Medicare Spends on Cancer Care May Not Affect Survival Rates

Variation in spending without a noticeable improvement in cancer survival rates calls into question the value of the care that Medicare patients are getting...

Dental Therapists Could Reduce Dental Care Shortage

As the professional association for dentists, the American Dental Association is staunchly opposed to dental therapists, mainly for economic reasons...

Medicaid Expansion Is the Wrong Move

By 2021, 46 percent of all Americans will be dependent on the government for their health care...

Many Patients Object to Focusing on Costs

Cost becomes trivial to many patients who want to eliminate uncertainty and take preventive screening measures against rare diseases and conditions...

Medicare Cuts under ObamaCare Will Affect Low-Income Seniors Most

Low-income seniors will see an estimated 7 percent to 8 percent reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits in 2014...

ObamaCare Taxes Will Affect Us All

The total tax burden of ObamaCare is now estimated at $1.058 trillion -- a steep increase from the initial $569 billion estimate produced at the time of the passing of the law...


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