Category Archives: Economy

The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–You Can’t Build a Ship Unless You Know Its Supposed to Float

Our nation’s endless decades’ old fight about health care has prevented us from even examining what a health system is supposed to do.  Lacking a clear vision, we have been unable to chart a viable much less sustainable course. From … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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See How America’s Health Care Costs and Outcomes Compare to Others

I have been busy on a project and not blogging as frequently.  Given the discussions about health care in the election, however, I thought people would find this brief graphic video by the Kaiser Family Foundation of interest.  It shows … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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What You CAN Do About Prescription Drug Costs

What American’s Think About Prices and What You Can Do                      “Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion a year lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers spend funding the House and the Senate.”  The Week, July 31, 2015 What … Continue reading

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Want Health Care Accountability? Here’s What is Possible.

Washington State does it again:  First state to require hospitals to report executive salaries in June 2013. The blog I wrote about that is still read daily. The report is updated annually. Here is the first blog on that topic:  http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/what-hospital-executives-earn/  There … Continue reading

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Follow the Money! Two articles hot off the press from Modern Health Care

“Controversially, free-standing ERs in many states don’t have to accept Medicare and Medicaid. Their ability to cherry-pick patients would essentially divert older and lower-income patients toward traditional hospital ERs. Also, building a free-standing ER often doesn’t require a certificate of need. … Continue reading

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Some Good News on Health Care Horizon!

This agreement isn’t perfect but it’s a start:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/opinion/keep-patients-healthy-and-doctors-sane.html emc=edit_th_20150416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54404043 It matters because:  Health Care is a foreign country– with incomprehensible language, rules, customs, bills and money:  Medicare can’t negotiate drug prices but the VA can. Health care services have not … Continue reading

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Uninsured Rate Drops–But HOT Issues Remain Ahead

The Gallup Poll reported today (4/13/15) that the number of uninsured dropped to its lowest point since 2008. Read the Gallup story here:  http://www.gallup.com/poll/182348/uninsured-rate-dips-first-quarter.aspx?utm_source=Well-Being&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=tiles This is wonderful news.  BUT.  The biggest fight looms ahead with the Cadillac Tax and potential … Continue reading

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European companies financing American health mergers? Under the Radar??

Professional contract physician groups are growing, profitable and attracting foreign investors.   A short article was sent to me from Oregon about one such group. The last few paragraphs peaked my interest. “Sound” refers to Sound Physicians. Italics are mine: “In the past year, Sound has … Continue reading

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