Healthcare Reform - Lets take that one step back now
Healthcare reform has always followed the 'Frog in a Well' paradigm. Progress is often balanced by setbacks. I think it is great that there has been so much dialougue of late on the topic, but if one thing has been made clearest, it is just how uninformed we are regarding the costs and issues surrounding healthcare. Government has itself to blame for this, as healthcare is delivered (at least to the employed) in a manner so as to make its costs as invisible as possible.
Its time to start removing the viel. Current efforts need to be focused not on jamming through a reform that many see as not needed, but on communication of healthcare problems and other models that are used eslewhere. One place I'd start is by having the amount of the employer based benefit listed on W-2 forms. It should take at least a couple of years of focused PR.
Setbacks and Fissions — Reconsidering the Scope and Timing of Reform
Another in the Perspective series from the New England Journal of Medicine, aslo calling for a step back in the push for healthcare reform.
Some sobering data on the costs individual countries pay for healthcare as compiled by the OECD. US data is here. This includes some commentary on value recieved for the dollars spent (it is worth checking the commentaries on some other countries).
Finally, thans to home fool TMFWysocki for posting in Income Investor this Washington Post article that provides a nice summary of the US healthcares quilted system in comparison to the systems used in other countries.
Home Coverage Team