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Medicare-for-All: Why We Should Say Yes, Not “Yes But”


August 28th, 2008
 
by Merton Bernstein and Theodore Marmor

Many health policy experts regard Medicare-for-All as a model for reform of America’s indisputably troubled and costly medical arrangements. They express admiration for its administrative efficiency and the resulting savings that could pay for extending coverage, perhaps to all. For example, in a June 2008 Health Affairs article, Commonwealth Fund authors said: “Compared to a […]

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Covering The Uninsured: Calculating The Cost


August 26th, 2008
by Len Nichols

Editor’s Note: This post by Len Nichols of the New America Foundation appears in tandem with yesterday’s publication on the Health Affairs Web site of an article by Jack Hadley of George Mason University, John Holahan of the Urban Institute, and coauthors, which estimates the cost of covering uninsured Americans.  Additional bloggers on the Hadley-Holahan article include Henry Aaron of […]

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Covering The Uninsured: Cheap At Twice The Price


August 25th, 2008
by Henry Aaron

Editor’s Note: This post by Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution appears in tandem with today’s publication on the Health Affairs Web site of an article by Jack Hadley of George Mason University, John Holahan of the Urban Institute, and coauthors, which estimates the cost of covering uninsured Americans. Additional bloggers on the topic include Len Nichols of […]

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Tales From The ER And Beyond


August 22nd, 2008
by Jane Hiebert-White

Sometimes desperation overrides a focus on insurance information. Health Affairs Deputy Editor Philip Musgrove shared his tale of just such an experience on NPR this week. The radio segment was excerpted from an essay originally published in the Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs. The current issue of Health Affairs features Narrative Matters essays by […]

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Harry And Louise Are Back


August 21st, 2008
by Jane Hiebert-White

Harry and Louise, the infamous couple concerned with President Clinton’s health reform plan fifteen years ago are back on the advertising circuit, note several bloggers in today’s Health Wonk Review, hosted by Julie Ferguson of Worker’s Comp Insider. This time, instead of representing the Health Insurance Association of America’s point of view, they are part […]

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Health IT: Intelligent Evolution


August 21st, 2008
by Esther Dyson

Editor’s Note: This post concludes a series on health information technology (IT). It follows posts by Mark Leavitt and Nancy Davenport-Ennis. This blog series appears in tandem with new papers on the Health Affairs Web site [2-week free access], including a lead article on why we need to expand beyond narrowly focused standard setting to unlock the potential of health IT by the […]

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Speaking For Consumers On Health IT


August 20th, 2008

Editor’s Note: This post continues a series on health information technology (IT). Yesterday Mark Leavitt rated health IT’s progress. Next up, a post by Esther Dyson. This blog series appears in tandem with new papers on the Health Affairs Web site [2-week free access], including a lead article on why we need to expand beyond narrowly focused standard setting to […]

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Health IT Initiatives: Not Magical, Just Practical


August 19th, 2008
by Mark Leavitt

Editor’s Note: Mark Leavitt’s post below is the first in a series concerning the package of articles on health IT published today on the Health Affairs Web site. Additional posts include tech guru Esther Dyson and consumer advocate Nancy Davenport-Ennis. In the lead article, the Markle Foundation’s Carol Diamond and New York University’s Clay Shirky […]

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The Dutch Health Sytem: A Performance Report


August 6th, 2008
by Gert Westert

Editor’s Note: Health Affairs has published several articles that shed light on the Dutch health system, including Universal Mandatory Health Insurance In The Netherlands: A Model For The United States?, by Wynand P.M.M. van de Ven and Frederik T. Schut; Alain Enthoven’s interview of the Dutch Health Minister, Ab Klink; and the analysis of health care in the Netherlands […]

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HIV/AIDS In India, China Discussed In Health Affairs


August 6th, 2008
by Chris Fleming

India has allocated almost 70 percent of its national HIV budget to prevention, focusing on high-risk sexual behavior and injecting drug use, the main drivers of the nation’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. So report Mariam Claeson and Ashok Alexander in the July/August issue of Health Affairs, a thematic volume on health in China and India. “There are […]

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