PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO It’s supposed to end on Friday. But the Wall Street Journal says that continued extensions are the left’s best way of expanding the welfare state. One reason is that in March 2020 Congress barred states from kicking ineligible people off Medicaid rolls during the emergency in return for more federal funding. Medicaid enrollment has ballooned to…
Category: Health Economics & Costs
Medical Debts Have Many Causes; Not Always a Lack of Money
An article in Medical Economics broke down the data from a recent survey by Kaiser Health News on medical indebtedness. Why don’t patients pay their medical bills? It’s not just a lack of money. Of consumers with medical debt, about two-thirds (67%) said they did not fully pay a medical bill due to a lack of money. However, a similar proportion (68%) didn’t pay it because they expected their health plan to pay it. Meanwhile 44% didn’t fully pay their bills because they thought them inaccurate.
What Difference Does Health Care Make?
Robin Hanson’s classic article comes to this conclusion:
Perhaps the most striking puzzle in health policy is the apparent lack of an aggregate empirical relation between medical care and health. Observed variations in medical care typically have an insignificant effect on average population health, even when looking at large data sets, sets larger than those which convinced most researchers of the reality of many other influences on health.
JAMA: Tool Used to Ration Scarce Hospital Beds During Covid was Racially Biased
Racial bias in medicine takes many forms. It occurs when an older black guy sees his doctor, who doesn’t bother to prescribe drugs for hypertension because he assumes his patient will be noncompliant. Maybe it’s when a doctor doesn’t try to counsel her patient with high cholesterol because she assumes Hispanics suffer from with high cholesterol due to deeply entrench lifestyle behaviors. There are even debates that some treatment algorithms used in hospitals are biased due to biased programming.