In 2009, Practices Spent $68,274 Per Physician Interacting With Insurance Plans

In 2009, Practices Spent $68,274 Per Physician Interacting With Insurance Plans. “..When time is converted to dollars, practices spent an average of $68,274 per physician per year interacting with health plans (Exhibit 3). The median value was $51,043. Although per physician costs are lower in practices of ten or more physicians, there was not a […]

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Fewer Adults Have Difficulty Paying Their Medical Bills, but the Improvement Has Stalled

Fewer Adults Have Difficulty Paying Their Medical Bills, but the Improvement Has Stalled “There was modest but significant improvement following the ACA’s coverage expansions in the proportion of all U.S. adults who reported having difficulty paying their medical bills or said they were paying off medical debt over time (Table 4). Federal surveys have found […]

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Multiple Insurers are Intrinsically More Costly than Single-payer Systems such as Canada’s

Multiple insurers are intrinsically more costly than single-payer systems such as Canada’s “A system with multiple insurers is also intrinsically costlier than a single-payer system. For insurers it means multiple duplicative claims-processing facilities and smaller insured groups, both of which increase overhead. Fragmentation also raises costs for providers who must deal with multiple insurance products […]

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1 in 4 People in the U.S. Report Difficulty Paying for Prescriptions

1 in 4 People in the U.S. Report Difficulty Paying for Prescriptions “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic spotlights national spending on prescription drugs and the public’s views on pharmaceutical prices. Prescription drug spending rose sharply in 2014, driven by growth in expenditures on specialty drugs, including medications to treat cancer and hepatitis C. Medicare’s spending […]

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The U. S. Spends More on Healthcare Than Any Other Nation, but Gets Less

The U.S. Spends More on Healthcare Than Any Other Nation, but Gets Less “In the U.S. health system, for example, money flows from households to the providers of health care through a vast network of relatively uncoordinated pipes and capillaries of various sizes. Although the huge federal Medicare program and the federal-state Medicaid programs do […]

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The Wealthy Benefit from Hundreds of Billions in Tax Subsidies that Could Go Towards Healthcare

The Wealthy Benefit from Hundreds of Billions in Tax Subsidies that Could Go Towards Healthcare “…Public funds help the vast majority of Americans pay for care, but these funds flow through many different spigots. The funding streams for the poor, the elderly, veterans, family planning, and public sector workers are visible and hotly debated. Meanwhile, the hundreds of billions in […]

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