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Understanding How Americans View Health Care Reform

August 12, 2009

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Here’s a summary of public opinion polls that I’ve found online. Apparently, neither side seems to be too concerned with painting an accurate picture of the general consensus at this point in the game. Understanding How Americans View Health Care Reform Posted by NEJM • August 12th, 2009 Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D., and John M. […]

Milliman Medical Index 2009

June 26, 2009

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http://www.milliman.com/expertise/healthcare/products-tools/mmi/pdfs/milliman-medical-index-2009.pdf The fifth annual Milliman Medical Index™ (MMI™) measures average annual medical spending for a typical American family of four covered by an employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) program. The MMI provides a consistent benchmark of healthcare benefit costs by annually assessing the changes in those costs over the most recent five-year period. The MMI […]

More on the globalized market for provision of health services

February 18, 2009

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…otherwise known as “medical tourism;” from Bob Wachter’s blog: available at http://www.the-hospitalist.org/blogs/wachters_world/archive/2009/01/12/as-insurers-begin-to-offer-deals-for-overseas-surgery-the-battle-is-joined.aspx. He writes: Of course, sensitive to the politics, it is unlikely that any of them will flat-out force their customers/employees to travel to Thailand or Singapore. The pressure will be more subtle: with savings of tens-of-thousands of dollars per case at stake, there […]