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Wednesday Reading

Here’s some interesting reading to cure your mid-week blues:

  • Joe Paduda in “Dumber than a box of rocks” references a FierceHealthcare article which finds that HealthNet actually paid bonuses to staff based on how many claimant policies they could terminate. This cost-saving may backfire since one patient is suing HealthNet for $6 million.
  • The L.A. Times (“…dropping sick policyholders“) has more info on Healthnet’s ‘bonuses-for-cancellations’ scandal.
  • The Wall Street Journal (“…Organ Sales“) wonders whether or not the sale of organs is a good thing. Lifesharers has an idea, if you volunteer to donate your organs when you die, you can move to the front of the organ recipient list. If not, you’re at the back. [Thanks to Marginal Revolution for these links]
  • Cato-at-Liberty notes that “with just seven weeks left until [Massachusetts’] mandate for individual health insurance goes into effect, more than 100,000 residents have failed to buy the required insurance”
  • The Health Care Blog has a video interviews with Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute and Dr. Bridget Duffy of the Cleveland Clinic at the Consumer-Centric Healthcare Congress.