Author Archives: Benjamin D. Zelman

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New Prescription Drugs Will Begin To Test Our Commitment To The Socialism That Is Health Insurance: Very Expensive Treatments For Very Few People

Pharmaceutical research and development during the past 30 years has resulted in the paradoxical situation faced by most drug manufacturers today: With the frustrating exception of cancer, the drug therapies that mitigate, manage, or “cure” the diseases that are most … Continue reading

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Ryan and Rivlin are right: a “Draconian” shift to a defined contribution Medicare benefit structure may be the only “fair” way to reduce the difference between how much government funded health care people want and how much we are willing to pay for. aka addressing The Long-Term Deficit

Ryan and Rivlin are right: a “Draconian” shift to a defined contribution Medicare benefit structure may be the only “fair” way to reduce the difference between how much government funded health care people want and how much they are wiling … Continue reading

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Great Recession? Not if you’re in the hospital business: Just look at the palatial new hospitals in your community.

Driving across the country lately, a consistent sight has been evident in the buildings near the populated highway exits: Wal-Marts (What percentage of Americans live 30 minutes or less from a Wal-Mart? It must be above 80%) and new shiny … Continue reading

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The Nature of the Often Cited “Adult Conversation” Is Politically Impossible: It’s the Medicare, Stupid: A Memo From Uncle Sam To Baby Boomers

The Nature of the Often Cited “Adult Conversation” Is Politically Impossible: It’s the Medicare, Stupid: A Memo From Uncle Sam To Baby Boomers   All the politicians of both parties have been using the phrase “adult conversation,” as in last … Continue reading

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Simple, Real, and Pragmatic Approaches to Fixing ObamaCare (Richard Thaler of Univ. of Chicago Nailed It)

Last weeks NYT included a column in the Business Section by Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago that succinctly and simply significantly improve the PPACA/ObamaCare. The Republicans and Democrats should enact legislation to accomplish the enhancements below, … Continue reading

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Tuscon Tragedy Happens Ten Times Every Day

It is heartening that America seemed shocked by what happens when insane people get guns and are compelled to murder multiple people. “6 dead and 19 wounded,” read the headlines… But why are we so immune to the daily toll … Continue reading

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Medicare “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs): “Invisible Enrollment & Invisible Cost Reduction” ($5 billion Savings on $6 Trillion Cost Isn’t a Viable Plan)…

Thoughts About ACO’s (As Summarized/Defined In “Health Affairs” 8/2010) • The assertion (and regulatory definition) that ACO’s can be “successful” under any organizational structure (i.e. the five formats described in the article) means that they are everything and nothing. Being … Continue reading

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