Health Care System Choices: The Out of Pocket Model

In my previous blogs we have looked in depth at three of the four major models for health care systems:  Beveridge National Health Service Model , the Bismarck Model, and the National Health Insurance Model.  Today's blog post will discuss the final Out-of-Pocket Model (1)(2). The Out-of-Pocket Model: Market-driven Health Care Examples: rural areas in India, China, Africa, South America. Relevance to the U.S.: similar to treatment for uninsured or underinsured. We have discussed in [...]

By | 2019-04-23T12:08:12+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

Health Care System Choices: National Health Insurance Model

Among our healthcare “system” choices are four major models: the Beveridge National Health Service Model, the Bismarck Model, the National Health Insurance Model, and the Out-of-Pocket Model (1)(2). In previous blogs we looked in depth at the Beveridge National Health Service Model and the Bismarck Model. In this blog post, we are going to examine the third of the four models:  the National Health Insurance Model. The National Health Insurance Model: single-payer national health [...]

By | 2019-04-16T11:38:09+00:00 April 16th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

Health Care System Choices: The Bismarck Model

Among our healthcare “system” choices are four major models.  In my last blog we looked in depth at the Beveridge National Health Service Model. Of the remaining three: the Bismarck Model, the National Health Insurance Model, and the Out-of-Pocket Model (1)(2), this week the discussion will focus on the second of the four models:  the Bismarck Model. The Bismarck Model: social health insurance model Examples: Germany, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland Relevance to [...]

By | 2019-04-22T09:40:36+00:00 April 9th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

Health Care System Choices: The Beveridge Model

And what are our healthcare “system” choices? There are four major models for health care systems: Beveridge National Health Service Model Bismarck Model National Health Insurance Model Out-of-Pocket Model. (1)(2) I will discuss them one at a time.  In this blog post, we will examine the Beveridge Model. The Beveridge Model: A single-payer national health service that was first developed by Sir William Beveridge in 1948. Examples: United Kingdom, [...]

By | 2019-04-02T10:48:15+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

Healthcare Dollars and Sense

In this blog I begin to discuss dollars and sense. “The legislative text (“Medicare for All” proposal) won’t include a financing plan. Opponents of a single-payer system say it would require major tax increases and cost more than $30 trillion in its first decade. Supporters say it would save money by reducing the expected pace of U.S. health-care spending. Funding options include a so-called wealth tax and increasing the [...]

By | 2019-03-26T11:07:52+00:00 March 26th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|0 Comments

How I Would Approach Healthcare Reform

I support physician leadership, even when considering a one-party payor system. The broadest division among one-party payor system advocates is how the delivery of care is organized. The Democrats have revealed their “Medicare for All” proposal. According to the Wall Street Journal. Here are the salient features. Under the Medicare for All Act of 2019, the federal government would pay for the following[1]: Health coverage for all Americans [...]

By | 2019-03-19T13:54:10+00:00 March 19th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|0 Comments

Healthcare in 2020: What Should Be Done?

To reiterate a previous blog post, we know Health Care is an important national topic. Also, a federal judge ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional has set the stage for its continued importance. The ACA is still in place until 2019 when the mandate to have insurance goes away, thanks to the 2017 Tax Bill. Appeals have begun. The Supreme Court will become involved. Health Care will continue to be [...]

By | 2019-03-12T09:19:30+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|0 Comments

Cost is Key to Whether You Can Provide Adequate Health Care Coverage For You And/Or Your Family

In our previous blog, I discussed the concept of Health Care Park and Tectonic Plates. COST being a major one of those results of an angry lithosphere. I left you with a question. IS COST A VIABLE CONCEPT FOR THE INFORMED CONSUMER OF HEALTHCARE?  I believe it is. But, don’t just take my word for it. Here is a discussion which will I believe will prove my point. COST [...]

By | 2019-03-05T09:35:10+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: , |0 Comments

Where You Live Determines Your Healthcare Cost

Last week we talked about variability. And even that variability is variable. Say what????  At the end of the day the final variable is location. Where you live determines cost -- not how sick you are. Whatever the market can bear in our FOR-PROFIT HEALTHCARE INSURANCE MODEL. And that variable variability is augmented, aided and abetted by our old friend THE THIRD PARTY. And there's a third party —the [...]

By | 2019-02-26T09:54:26+00:00 February 26th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments

What Influences Access to Healthcare? Cost!

In last week's blog I talked about ROI (Return on Investment). Health outcomes (mortality, morbidity-how sick you are, life expectancy, healthcare status, functional limitations, etc.) are strongly impacted by your access to healthcare. And what influences ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE?  Healthcare expenditures. COST! And WOMEN HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS are impacted more often by cost than their MALE counterparts. The primary driver of COST [...]

By | 2019-02-19T12:06:45+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare|Tags: |0 Comments