Americans have the best cancer survival rates

On Friday I reported that the U.S. scored poorly on the Commonwealth Fund’s National Scorecard. Those in favor of universal health care are probably rejoicing. “The U.S. system is dysfunctional beyond repair and we need universal health care!” Yesterday, the Economist reported on an article in The Lancet Oncology journal which found that the U.S.…

Cochrane Review: The effect of capitation, fee-for-service (FFS) and mixed payment systems on primary care physician behavior

Primary care physicians can be compensated in a number of ways. The most popular are capitation, fee-for-service, salary, or some mixture of the three. But how does the physician compensation method affect care levels? This is the question Gosden et al. (2000) try to answer in their Cochrane review. The authors search the literature for…

U.S. Health Care scores poorly

The Washington Post reports that U.S. Health Care [is] Still Ill. This conclusion comes from a report from the Commonwealth Fund titled Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2008. Even though the U.S. still spends more money on medical care than any other nation, performance on the Scorecard has not improved…

CoR #56

The latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk is hosted by Michael Cannon at the Cato@Liberty blog.  Some of my favorite posts include: The Million Dollar Journey blog talks about the advent of Critical Illness (CI) insurance.  This is similar to the contingent claims insurance contract which economists have advocated–but has been difficult to apply…

Delaying the Medicare Paycut

The controversy as to how much Medicare should pay doctors is continuing to brew (see N.Y. Times article).  Congress passed a law overriding a pay cut to Medicare doctors.  Although the president vetoed the bill, Congress garnered enough support to override the veto. Dr. Rich of The Covert Rationing Blog claims that the Medicare reimbursement…