health insurance

Question: Could Government-Mandated Price Controls be More Effective than Obamacare?

August 30, 2013
DPS-thumb1

Eduardo Porter of The New York Times writes about a hospital that is located in a poor, isolated region at the base of the Appalachians. We here at HCE have talked to many hospitals in this type of environment, and the struggles they face to deliver care are endless and monumental. However, this particular hospital […]

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
0 comments Read the full article →

Brace yourself: Health plan contracts may be an even bigger pain

September 9, 2012
contract-thumb

While some aspects of healthcare reform be profitable for healthcare providers, such as the likelihood that most will be carrying health insurance, others may turn out to be a threat. For example, new health reform-driven demands for quality may prompt health plans to cut long-time network members — or refuse others they’d happily have taken […]

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)
0 comments Read the full article →

Will the FTC ever get tough on health plans?

August 25, 2012
The FTC doesn

According to the American Medical Association — which is boiling mad over what it sees as undue market control by single plans — there have been 400 health plan mergers over the last 10 years, and 94 percent of markets in the U.S. are “highly concentrated.”

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
0 comments Read the full article →

Healthy consumer? Don’t charge a premium

August 13, 2012

Sometimes, taking an idea to its extreme offers food for thought — and this is definitely extreme.  What would a world be like in which a consumer who’s in measurably great health paid little or nothing for their health insurance coverage? Yeah, managed care execs, I can already hear you screaming “How can we survive this way?” […]

VN:R_U [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
0 comments Read the full article →

30 percent premium increases? I think not, sirs

September 7, 2010

I have struggled long and hard with my sense of propriety, but as times change, women must change, and so I say to you, captains of health insurance concerns:  Have you no shame? Of course, as more than a century has passed since I began my labors in the service of the public health, paying […]

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
0 comments Read the full article →