Health Care (page 7)

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    A market-based approach to health care

    In a recent research brief, I argue that if our country is serious about bringing down the rising costs of health care, we need to get serious about making it work more like a true market. Consumers need to know prices and providers…
    Jordan Roberts, October 3, 2018
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    NC would benefit from easing restrictions on Nurse Practitioners

    Primary care physicians have been on the decline in recent years and the projections for the future number of these type of doctors doesn’t look promising. As the number of baby boomers continue to age and live longer, the need for primary…
    Jordan Roberts, September 27, 2018
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    CON laws have long been used to prevent “ruinous competition”

    Recently, I’ve been going through the available research on Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws and their effects. CON laws are most often associated with attempting to restrict the supply of health care in order to control costs by reducing the amount of duplicate and unused services. In order to be…
    Jordan Roberts, September 24, 2018
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    Let the healthcare field compete

    John Cochrane, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, writes in his blog, The Grumpy Economist, how government mandated cross-subsidization negatively impacts the costs of health care in the US: But lawmakers do…
    Jordan Roberts, August 29, 2018
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    An Alternative To Regulation of Opioids?

    From Sy Mukherjee at Fortune comes the tale of an interesting study and approach to reducing the prescribing of addictive opioids: write a letter. “A simple letter, supportive in tone, to inform clinicians of a scheduled drug harm to their patient resulted in fewer subsequent opioids dispensed by those…
    Donna Martinez, August 10, 2018
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    Survey: FDA Menu Mandate Fails To Make Us Care About Calories

    I scratch my head when I hear pro big-government types express the view that more and more Americans are fat because we don’t have enough information about calories, sugar, etc. in the food we eat. Therefore, they tell us, the government should mandate that restaurants post all this information…
    Donna Martinez, August 3, 2018
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    Cheaper Alternative to Braces Has Orthodontists Running Scared

    Let’s say you want your kid to have braces, but you’re struggling with the prospect of being charged $5,000 to $8,000 for the service, most of which you’re likely to pay out of pocket. Thanks to innovators, you don’t have to break the bank to have straight teeth. Alternatives to…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 2018
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    Your Doctor’s Paperwork Problem Could Become a Headache For You

    Paperwork. Paperwork. And more paperwork. Turns out doctors are buried in it, as Bruce Lee explains at Led by Christine Sinsky, MD, at the American Medical Association, the study followed 57 U.S. physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and orthopedics for a total of 430 hours. In addition, 21…
    Donna Martinez, March 1, 2018