Economists Engage In Health Care Cost Discussion

       Senior Economist Jules Lichtenstein reports attending the National Economists Club luncheon on Thursday, November 13.  Len Nichols, Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, discussed “Employer Health Costs in a Global Economy.”  He highlighted the merits and disadvantages of an employer-based health insurance system and pointed out that the properties of an employer system must be clarified before the political possibility of an alternative can be realized.  Len blogs on these issues at The New Health Dialogue Blog.

— John McDowell

  1. voip says

    I believe reform must take place across insurance industry in the first place, either driven by profitability or by voiding risk, or both, insurance companies have been cherry picking their customers, the terms, the scope of insurance etc. They’ve made things complicated and thus more expensive. If AIG can gamble on credit default swap (something they don’t have knowledge or historical data at all), they can surely be regulated to do better job on not cherry pick their medical insurance. I believe we should start changing the ways the insurance companies doing business.

  2. Jamie Phillips, DC says

    As a small business owner and health care professional, I have seen this situation from two sides. First as employer health costs rise I am seeing more and more patients that are uninsured. Secondly, as a provider I have seen reimbursements for doctors decline. My question is where is all the money going? I think we need to look more deeply at the third side of this situation, and that would be, what is going on in the insurance industry. I agree that we should start changing the ways the insurance companies are doing business.

  3. Issac Maez says

    Health Care Reform in the Senate worries me because it does not cover much long term care.

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    It’s really easy to cut health care costs for the government – get the government out of the healthcare business. We need reform, but not government-run healthcare.

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