The United States is the only developed nation unable to balance cost, efficacy and social good in setting prices.
Not having an accurate, honest, nationwide way to tally COVID-19 cases will only add to the current tragedy.
The vulnerabilities that COVID-19 has revealed were a predictable outgrowth of our market-based health care system.
How can we know when to reopen society without testing many more people?
Nadie está haciendo mucho para rescatar a pacientes que necesitan desesperadamente protección contra este tipo de facturas, en un sistema que cobra libremente por cada atención que dispensa.
Hidden costs for ER visits and other fees could cost people thousands of dollars.
In an era when we get flash-flood warnings on our phones and weekly influenza statistics from every state, vital knowledge about the coronavirus outbreak is being kept under wraps.
Surprise bills are just the latest weapons in a decades-long war among health care industry players over who gets to keep the fortunes generated each year from patient illness: $3.6 trillion in 2018. The practice is an outrage, yet no one in the health care sector wants to unilaterally make the type of big concessions that would change things.
La editora de KHN cubrió para The New York Times el brote de SARS en China. Y sabe de primera mano lo que funcionó entonces, y lo que funcionaría ahora para prevenir al coronavirus.
While covering the SARS outbreak as a reporter in China, KHN’s editor-in-chief saw that common sense is the best defense against viral illness.
After my husband had a bike accident, we were subjected to medical bills that no one would accept if they had been delivered by a contractor, or a lawyer or an auto mechanic. Such charges are sanctioned by insurers, which generally pay because they have no way to know whether you received a particular item or service — and it’s not worth their time to investigate the millions of medical interactions they write checks for each day.
In 21st-century US health care, everything is revenue, and so everything is billed.
She has led the way, but all the candidates need to come clean about their health care proposals.
It’s easy to criticize pharmaceutical and insurance companies. But we spend much more on hospitals.
Las firmas de capital privado y de riesgo están enamoradas de una legión de nuevas empresas que promocionan los beneficios de las visitas médicas virtuales… ¿son buenas?
Amazon’s personal assistant is gaining medical skills to provide coaching or transmit and monitor patient data. Besides the loss of the human touch, virtual medicine pursued in the name of business efficiency or profit bodes ill.
Cualquier reforma significativa requeriría una realineación importante del sector de atención médica, que ahora es el mayor empleador en al menos una docena de estados.
Reform has a cost. But the point of a health care system is to treat patients, not to buttress the economy.
Only by the bizarre logic of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry does this drug count as any kind of generic.
The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to reveal their prices. If patients and politicians pay attention, this could be a game changer for health care.