Do generic drugs cost too little?

Much of my blog discusses the value of new, innovative treatments.  In the current patent environment, drug patents expire and low cost generics enter the market.  This results in huge surplus value accruing to consumers.  However, those benefits only occur if the supply of effective, low-cost generic medication reach patients.  Unfortunately, that is not always…

The Downside of Concentrated Health Care Markets

Many recent healthcare policies aim to consolidate the provision of medical services.  For instance, Accountable Care Organizations consolidate providers with the goal of providing seamless, integrated patient care.  Consolidation can increase efficiency and (potentially) drive down prices.  If a market is highly concentrated, however, problems in a single supplier can lead to shortages.  Consider the…

Shortage! Shortage!…Shortage???

In the news, you often hear that there are shortages of nurses and physicians.  We need more nurses and physicians, right?  According to an editorial by Laurence Baker in Health Services Review, we should be a little skeptical of calls for more and more healthcare providers.  If supplier-induced demand is a problem, more providers will…