Friday, July 13, 2018

Health Care Economics 1201

Case Study #1, The Much Vaunted National Health Service©:

As we've previously noted, MVNHS© docs aren't doing much better:

"A "talented" junior doctor who had spoken about the pressures of working in an A&E department has been found dead at her home."

So, low pay, horrendous workload, "free" health care. What's not to love?

Case Study #2, Direct Primary Care Fees:

As regular readers know, we've been longtime fans of the DPC model, while acknowledging its (substantial) limitations. But this is something that's been under our radar, and bears consideration. That is, DPC practices are, by definition, independent, and free to set their own fee schedules and rates. But this also means that it's currently kind of a "wild west" in terms of defining what is - and is not - a true DPC office. For better or worse, there doesn't seem to be a nationally recognized "DPC Association" that offers some kind of consistency across various practices. Now, I kinda like that, but it also means major 'caveat emptor' warning should apply.

Case Study #3, Medicaid as Flawed Model

This one stands pretty much on its own, I'll add only that a better question might be "Why would people want Medicaid-For-All, again?"
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