The Innovation Election

If you watched any TV over the weekend, especially during the Sunday morning news shows between 9 am and noon, you heard the use of the word “change” about a hundred times from both John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s campaign ads. As Joe Biden has implored in various speeches…”Enough!” It’s not about change, guys. It’s […]

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EverydayRevolution – and the growth of health search

Over the past couple of weeks, the eHealth world learned that RevolutionHealth engaged Morgan Stanley, the investment bank, to help assess the company’s ‘alternatives.’ The early talk was to raise capital, but the tenor seems to have switched to sales or merging. One talked-about suitor for Steve Case’s start-up is Everyday Health. This news comes […]

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Retail clinics: cheaper per visit and access-enhancing, but cost-expanding

A study in Health Affairs finds that retail clinics achieve cost-savings for primary care maladies. However, an aspect of this story illustrates Roemer’s Law: that the health care market suffers from supply-induced demand.   In plain English: the more supply of health services you add to the market, the more costs will be incurred. Or […]

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Bad health care debt is greater among insured than uninsured Americans

As more costs are being charged to consumers by hospitals and other providers, bad debts are growing. More debt is being racked up by people with insurance than those without coverage. Over two-thirds of bad debt are generated by insured patients. This is the finding of nTelagent, Inc., a company that markets retail point-of-service technology. […]

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Health insurance coverage remains stable…but don't break out the champagne just yet

In 2007, the percentage of people in the U.S. with health insurance increased to 82.8%, up from 82.1% in 2006. This increase in the insured resulted from growth in enrollment in government insurance programs — namely, Medicaid. The proportion of Americans with employer-based plans was stable between 2006 and 2007 at 62.2%. These statistics were […]

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