Hot Spotting Medical Care

These are the statistics: 900 people; 4,000 hospital visits; $200 million in medical bills from January 2002 through June 2008. The place is Camden, N.J. where a relatively small number of people were responsible for a huge proportion of the city’s…

Health Care Reform and Sausages

Now that we have a health care reform bill, I wondered about the next step. After a law is passed, how are the provisions implemented? A recent Washington Post article provided the answers. The next step unfolds in government offices…

Economic Freedom

Composed of 179 countries, the Index of Economic Freedom ranks France 64 and the United States 8. At the top of the list, with the more free economies and the lowest numbers, are Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia while North Korea,…

No Longer a Sin?

Pondering health care reform, I began to wonder whether sin taxes would become Pigovian taxes. A sin tax focuses on the impact of a behavior on an individual. Levied on something that society believes is “bad” for a person, a sin…

Random Health Care Notes

Last summer, at a Fourth of July picnic, a 75 year old great-grandmother, told by her doctor not to eat a hot dog because of its high sodium content, said, “I’m going to have a hot dog.  If I’m dead in…

A Mozart String Quartet and Health Care

A question: How does a Mozart String Quartet resemble health care? The answer: Both have Dr. Baumol’s Cost Disease Eighty-eight year old economist William J. Baumol expressed concern in today’s NY Times about health care cost control. Comparing health-care to…

Listening to Picasso

Pablo Picasso is quoted for (maybe) saying “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” Perhaps, when pondering health care reform, Congress should do more “stealing”. Looking at Switzerland’s health care model, we might “steal” their attention to incentives. Insurers, patients, and…

That $17,000.00 Flight

The September 26th Daily Notes link is an article in the National Journal Magazine by Jonathan Rauch that describes what it would be like to book a flight if traveling resembled health care. Yes, just like health care, lack of…