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Why Population Size Is Irrelevant For “Universal” Health Coverage

Why Population Size Is Irrelevant For “Universal” Health Coverage

The ability to deploy “universal healthcare coverage” is entirely unrelated to the size of any population ‒ so it’s a mistake to say it won’t scale here in the U.S. ‒ or really any population size. First of all, it’s important to define what Universal Coverage is ‒ and isn’t ‒ because we tend to reference it broadly ‒ when […]

April 2, 2014 | By More
Relative to NHE – Health Insurance Profits “… are not the droids we are looking for”

Relative to NHE – Health Insurance Profits “… are not the droids we are looking for”

This keeps coming up – so we’ll just keep working to push it back – with real data (not emotional pleas). Insurance profits are not the cause of runaway healthcare costs. Lather, rinse, repeat. Insurance profits are not the cause of runaway healthcare costs. A system that combines the payment function with the delivery function absolutely works […]

January 23, 2014 | By More
How Real Science Happens

How Real Science Happens

The website where I first saw this (here) indicates this was first published in 2009 – so it’s a moldy oldy, but a good one – and worthy of the Humor File here. (Original link here)  by by

January 22, 2014 | By More
Per Capita Health Care Spending & Life Expectancy for OECD Countries

Per Capita Health Care Spending & Life Expectancy for OECD Countries

I often use this provocative chart in my travels – and because it’s a re-creation – I’m often asked to explain it’s origin. In 2011 – Mary Meeker authored a detailed report called simply USA, Inc. Her intent was to look at the U.S. through the accounting lens of a publicly traded corporation – which results in more of a […]

July 28, 2013 | By More
Today’s Slice of Healthcare Humor – by Lewis Black

Today’s Slice of Healthcare Humor – by Lewis Black

Comics rarely traverse the healthcare topic with much success – but once in a while a real gem appears. That’s today’s installment from none other than Lewis Black – with this 4 1/2 minute segment from his Broadway performance (recorded back in 2007). It’s definitely not new, but it’s definitely a classic – and opens up […]

May 31, 2013 | By More
Poverty Getting Worse In … Silicon Valley?

Poverty Getting Worse In … Silicon Valley?

Well worth reading … as it highlights the larger issue of income inequality that is spanning the U.S. … Poverty Getting Worse In … Silicon Valley? The healthcare implications are significant – but I can’t help but think this is even deeper – more profound than all the challenges (and there are many) related to our […]

April 3, 2013 | By More
“Our Hearts Are Broken Today” – President Barack Obama

“Our Hearts Are Broken Today” – President Barack Obama

As the crow flies, Newtown Connecticut is less than 25 miles from New Canaan Connecticut – and Sandy Hook Elementary School is about 28 miles from West Elementary School – which I attended years ago. Given their proximity to New York City, many of these small Connecticut towns are considered “bedroom” communities – and they are often described as bucolic. In fact, my […]

December 16, 2012 | By More
Medscape’s Annual Physician Compensation Chart

Medscape’s Annual Physician Compensation Chart

Not really news – but an important element of our healthcare heartburn because it highlights the huge compensation disparity between primary care and specialists. This also intersects (very directly) with the cost of medical training – and how that’s financed (typically via big loans that are equivalent in size – for many – to home […]

December 12, 2012 | By More
The Breakdown of $1.2 Trillion in U.S. Healthcare Waste

The Breakdown of $1.2 Trillion in U.S. Healthcare Waste

This report is a little dated (2008), but this single chart captures the different categories of waste highlighted in the full report. It was – and still is – pretty amazing.  The full PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report – The Price Of Excess – is downloadable here. by by

October 23, 2012 | By More
The Curtain Opens On The WWW Conference

The Curtain Opens On The WWW Conference

Earlier this year, Seth Godin had a seminar that talked about impresarios. I didn’t attend the seminar, but Seth’s definition – like many of his keen observations – is pitch perfect: “Weave together resources and opportunities and put on a show. That’s what impresarios have always done. You rent the opera hall, find the singers and sell tickets. You […]

September 25, 2012 | By More