PoliGraph at Healthcare 08

Want some more information on the presidential candidates views on healthcare reform?  The Healthcare 08 website has an interesting “PoliGraph” showing where the candidates stand.  Candidates are characterized according how government driven and how important health care issues are.  The graphs include issues such as: overall health care reform, drug prices, the uninsured, and stem…

Healthcare cost and quality in 9 European countries

The latest special issue of Health Economics is very interesting.  It looks at healthcare cost and quality metrics across nine European countries using clinical vignettes from the HealthBasket dataset.  The nine countries included in the project were: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.  The vignettes were used in order to…

Healthcare Economist Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago, the Healthcare Economist blog was born (first blog post). While readership was slow at first, over the last 6 months of 2007 this blog averaged over 12,000 unique readers per month. I want to thank these loyal readers for your support, commentary and timely criticisms. I aim to bring more quality information…

Russia’s Flat Tax

According to the Wall Street Journal (“Flat Tax Fred“), Presidential-candidate Fred Thompson has recently proposed instituting a flat tax in the United States “…with two tax rates of 10% and 25%.” One country has already beat Thompson to the punch: Russia. In 2001, Russia enacted a flat tax rate of 13%.  The reform has been…

Seven Country Health Care Survey

Which country’s citizens believe that their medical system needs a complete overhaul? According to a a study published in Health Affairs (“…Adults’ Health Care Experiences In Seven Countries, 2007“), one third of Americans believe that we need to “rebuild completely” our health care system. Minor Changes Needed Fundamental Changes Needed Rebuild Completely HC Spending per…