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China to Reform Health Insurance So Families Don’t “Lose Everything”

Sound familiar?

China will expand national health coverage by roping in private insurers and include more major diseases, as it seeks to close the mortality gap between rural and urban residents while trying to contain costs.

“I’ve personally seen as a doctor how, under a system of inadequate health insurance, patients’ families can lose everything . . . → Read More: China to Reform Health Insurance So Families Don’t “Lose Everything”

Is the Maine Free-Market Health Care Experiment a Model for the Country?

Maine’s been conducting a free-market experiment in healthcare. We like to think about it as a small laboratory for the argument that reduced regulation will result in a more efficient, less expensive healthcare system which is what we all want.

Unfortunately, the results so far are decidedly mixed at best:

When newly elected Republican . . . → Read More: Is the Maine Free-Market Health Care Experiment a Model for the Country?

U.S. Wastes $750 BILLION on Unnecessary Medical Expenses

Just some perspective on the political debates going on right now:

The U.S. health care system wasted $750 billion on unnecessary and overpriced medical tests and treatments, administrative fees, medical fraud and missed prevention opportunities in 2009, a new report found.

The report, released today by the Institute of Medicine, suggested the money squandered on . . . → Read More: U.S. Wastes $750 BILLION on Unnecessary Medical Expenses

Would Americans Ever Celebrate Their Health System in the Olympics?

One of the most boggling parts of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in London for many Americans was the celebration of the British National Health Service, the British publicly-funded healthcare system. One writer speculated how many Americans might depict their healthcare system in a similar ceremony:

Cannons in the end zones fire clouds of pills . . . → Read More: Would Americans Ever Celebrate Their Health System in the Olympics?

Would American Doctors and Nurses Dance Around?

Interesting take on London’s Olympic opening ceremonies from Dr. Kate Scannell:

Watching an octogenarian Queen parachute into the stadium was unremarkable compared to witnessing happy doctors performing the Lindy Hop, keeping time and rhythm, having fun, receiving cheers from an appreciative public. In contrast, on this side of the pond, doctors are more likely to . . . → Read More: Would American Doctors and Nurses Dance Around?

So What DOES Mitt Romney Like About Israel’s Health Care System?

Mitt Romney raised some eyebrows this week when he complimented Israel’s health care system for keeping health care costs down. Israel, you see, has a government-run, non-profit health care system which provides nearly every resident with health insurance:

Under a law that took effect in 1995, Israelis pay national health insurance premiums tied to their . . . → Read More: So What DOES Mitt Romney Like About Israel’s Health Care System?

Health Reform Explained by the Youtoons!

We know a lot of folks are still processing what the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare may mean, but here’s one explanation from The Kaiser Family Foundation, Cokie Roberts and the Youtoons:

Have you thought about what Obamacare may mean to you? Tell us about it at our discussion forum!

. . . → Read More: Health Reform Explained by the Youtoons!

Can We Learn From Rwanda?

While most of the comparisons of American health care and insurance reform have been to other wealthy nations like England and Canada, but this week there was an interesting blog in The New York Times about the experiences of one of the poorest, Rwanda, with reform:

Per capita income has tripled — although the fact . . . → Read More: Can We Learn From Rwanda?

Were You Surprised by the Obamacare Decision?

We’ll be honest. We were pretty floored with how the Supreme Court decision came out on Thursday, but we don’t feel so bad since apparently, we weren’t the only ones surprised:

President Barack Obama was standing outside the Oval Office when he saw the news on television just after 10 a.m. Two networks, CNN and . . . → Read More: Were You Surprised by the Obamacare Decision?

Could Everyone Win on Obamacare?

That’s the question that Dr. Kevin Pho is posing over at KevinMD.com. We’re not sure we entirely agree with him, but his commentary is definitely worth a look:

Most important, patients should be happy. As I wrote in the New York Times Room for Debate recently, the ACA has already provided benefits not to only . . . → Read More: Could Everyone Win on Obamacare?