Surprising Economics of Surprise Medical Bills

Forbes

Surprise medical bills arise when hospital patients discover that certain fees are not covered by their health insurance. The reason for the surprise is that the patient’s insurance company and the hospital itself list the hospital as “in network.” Then, when the bill is presented, the patient discovers that certain doctors or certain services were “out of network.” As I wrote previously, in a free health insurance market this would rarely happen. Do you know of any other insurance market where this is a problem? I don’t. More.

A Health Plan for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump says he wants health reform that will be better than Obamacare, better than what we had before Obamacare, and better than the Democrats’ Medicare for All. And he’s not alone. Numerous surveys show that health reform remains a top priority for Americans, who are concerned about high costs, access, and choice. More.

Think Tanks Unite Behind a Health Plan – Finally!

The plan was prepared for the Trump administration by John C. Goodman (father of Health Savings Accounts) and Marie Fishpaw (Heritage Foundation) and published by National Review Online.  The plan features such patient friendly ideas as portable health insurance and doctor consultations by means of phone, email and Skype. More.

Goodman: Why the left doesn’t understand health care

Forbes

In one case, an insurer prevented a woman from getting a CT scan her doctor ordered. In another, a mother couldn’t afford the full regimen of special bags needed to clear her cancer-stricken daughter’s lungs. In a third case, a woman lost her health insurance and could not afford end-of-life chemotherapy. These examples come from National Nurses United, the country’s largest nurses’ union. To prevent further incidents like these, the union favors a universal, government-run health care system. A lead editorial in the New York Times last week appeared to endorse their thinking. Here is what these folks are missing.

Goodman: Why the left has no new ideas

At first glance you might think that the Democratic presidential campaign is boiling over with one new idea after another. Free health care. Free education. No more carbon emissions. There have been so many pronouncements, it’s hard to keep track of them. But that’s just at first glance. If you delve deeper, you will discover these are not ideas at all. They are feelings. Strongly held feelings, mind you. But feelings, nonetheless.

Why Employers Pay Too Much for Health Care

Forbes

Employers are paying hospitals more than twice as much as what Medicare pays. At some hospitals they are paying four times as much. So, who’s to blame? John Goodman says employers are to blame. More.

Cato Celebrates 25 years of Patient Power

The Cato Institute hosted a celebration of a book John Goodman and Gerald Musgrave a quarter a century ago. Commenters included Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD, (R-LA); Paul B. Ginsburg, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institution; and David A. Hyman, Coauthor, Overcharged; Professor of Law, Georgetown University; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Here is the video. Goodman gives a ten-minute overview beginning at about 27:45