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MP C1 0420  Minnesota Physician

MP C1 0420  Minnesota Physician

A futile quest
Why “performance” measurement is not working
Part 2

MP S2 0320 Minnesota Physician

MP S2 0320 Minnesota Physician

Re-evaluating “performance” measurement
Minnesota’s teachable moment
Part 1

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Medicare for All 'Is What Patients Need': New Harvard Study Shows Even Those With Private Insurance Can't Afford Care | Common Dreams News

Medicare for All 'Is What Patients Need': New Harvard Study Shows Even Those With Private Insurance Can't Afford Care | Common Dreams News: "When so many people can't get the care they need even when they have insurance coverage, it says that insurance is not doing what it is supposed to do: ensure that healthcare is affordable when you need it."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Labor Movement Must Fight for Medicare for All — Not Employer-Based Plans

The Labor Movement Must Fight for Medicare for All — Not Employer-Based Plans: Unions have been at the forefront of almost every progressive policy advance for a century. So why are AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten denouncing Medicare for All by parroting talking points crafted by health care industry lobbyists?

Second-Largest Doctor Group Endorses National Health Insurance (Of Some Kind) | HuffPost

Second-Largest Doctor Group Endorses National Health Insurance (Of Some Kind) | HuffPost: Internal medicine association signals it would support either "Medicare for All" or a strong public option.

Surprise medical bills upset patients, engage lawmakers | Local News | madison.com

Surprise medical bills upset patients, engage lawmakers | Local News | madison.com: “I felt helpless,” Amy Brooks said of her unexpected $41,000 medical bill. “I would have possibly had to file for bankruptcy.”

Study finds single-payer health care plan saves money

Study finds single-payer health care plan saves money: According to a new study, published last week by University of California scientists in the journal PLOS Medicine, universal coverage plans would actually save money on health care.

Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country | TheHill

Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country | TheHill: Wendell Potter, a former health care executive, warned Monday that if the United States doesn’t shift towards a “Medicare for All” system as put forth by progressive Sens.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

How Medicare for All would affect the doctor-patient relationship - The Boston Globe

How Medicare for All would affect the doctor-patient relationship - The Boston Globe: The Democratic candidates need to face the issue that single-payer health care will fundamentally impact the doctor-patient relationship.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Medicare for All Would Save US Money, New Study Says | The Fiscal Times

Medicare for All Would Save US Money, New Study Says | The Fiscal Times: A Medicare for All system would likely lower health care costs and save the United States money, both in its fir

Former insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' | TheHill

Former insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' | TheHill: A former insurance executive is pushing back against the notion that implementing a “Medicare for All” system would be detrimental to the health care industry as a whole.

What does 'Medicare for All' actually look like? | MNN - Mother Nature Network

What does 'Medicare for All' actually look like? | MNN - Mother Nature Network: A Canadian writer living in the U.S. has lived with both. She clears the air about "death panels" and other myths.

Analysis of 30 years of single-payer research shows Medicare for All would absolutely save US money – Raw Story

Analysis of 30 years of single-payer research shows Medicare for All would absolutely save US money – Raw Story: “Across the political spectrum, there is near consensus among these economists that a single-payer system would save money.” A comprehensive new study that reviewed nearly three decades of existing analyses shows implementation of a single-payer healthcare system like Medicare for All could dramatically reduce costs in the United States, with savings likely experienced in the first […]

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Health care in America is dysfunctional — but its lack of transparency is downright dangerous

Health care in America is dysfunctional — but its lack of transparency is downright dangerous: Health care in America is dysfunctional — but its lack of transparency is downright dangerous. Is Medicare for All the answer?

Thursday, January 9, 2020


More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy - Reuters

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy - Reuters: (Reuters Health) - U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person - more than four times the per-capita administrative costs in Canada's single-payer system, a new study finds.

Focus Needed Not Just On Drugs But Hospital Expenses To Impact Healthcare Costs

Focus Needed Not Just On Drugs But Hospital Expenses To Impact Healthcare Costs: Despite the fact that hospital costs are the biggest part of our health care system and that such costs are growing more rapidly than other health care segments, politicians find it easier to go after biopharma companies.

The Americans dying because they can't afford medical care | US news | The Guardian

The Americans dying because they can't afford medical care | US news | The Guardian: Millions of Americans – as many as 25% of the population – are delaying getting medical help because of skyrocketing costs

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here's Why. | Time

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here's Why. | Time

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Iowa privatized Medicaid: It has been a disaster. Here’s why.

https://tarbell.org/2019/04/iowa-privatized-medicaid-it-has-been-a-disaster-heres-why/?ref=feed&link_id=5&can_id=84ead8fefcfae302ff63cc67e6f8a91b&source=email-the-best-of-tarbell-plus-what-to-watch-in-2020&email_referrer=email_692311&email_subject=the-best-of-tarbell-plus-what-to-watch-in-2020

"Former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who instituted the privatization with a claim of saving money, was a founding member of the influential, Koch-brother affiliated American Legislative Exchange Council and now his legacy causes chaos for patients, doctors and hospitals in the state."