A System on Life Support

Barrett, Jennifer
January 2008
Newsweek;1/28/2008, Vol. 151 Issue 4, p38
The article discusses the future of the U.S. health care system. About 47 million Americans are uninsured, and millions of others are burdened by expensive health insurance premiums. Research from the National Coalition on Health Care has found that despite spending nearly $2 trillion annually on health care, the U.S. health care system is riddled with inefficiencies, poor management, and waste. Also discussed is U.S. government policy on health care.


Related Articles

  • Medicare: Options for Reform: T-HEHS-99-130.  // GAO Reports;5/26/1999, p1 

    Budgetary pressures and public concern have forged a consensus that major reforms are needed if Medicare is to be sustainable in the future. Medicare reform proposals have generally focused on two areas: expanding Medicare's benefit package and containing costs. Two commonly discussed benefit...

  • Not cost-effective by design. LEVIN, ALAN J. // Medical Economics;12/10/2011, Vol. 88 Issue 23, p98 

    The article presents the author's opinion on healthcare financing reform. The author shows concern on how much healthcare is sufficient for a person to buy. The author says that the healthcare system after the Second World War had enough resources to pay for anything any patient might need. The...

  • MARKETS, NOT MANDATES. Buntin, John // Governing;Dec2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p24 

    The article discusses efforts by conservative thinkers to bring health reform ideas to U.S. states that are open to market-based solutions. In Indiana, the state government has launched Health Savings Accounts coupled with high-deductible health insurance, where people can save tax-free money...

  • The Health Care Rubik's Cube. Robinson, James C. // Health Affairs;May/Jun2008, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p619 

    The article discusses health reform by changing the entire system of health care policy. Papers on health care reform are presented to illuminate on the interconnections in order to facilitate changes in some parts and thereby the whole complex and interdependent health care system. Changes in...

  • Health Insurance Coverage In Central And Eastern Europe: Trends And Challenges. Waters, Hugh R.; Hobart, Jessica; Forrest, Christopher B.; Siemens, Karen Kinder; Pittman, Patricia M.; Murthy, Ananthram; Vanderver, Glenn Bruce; Anderson, Gerard F.; Morlock, Laura L. // Health Affairs;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p478 

    Health insurance systems in Central and Eastern Europe have evolved in different ways from the centralized health systems inherited from the Soviet era, but there remain common trends and challenges in the region. Health spending is low in comparison to the spending of pre-2004 European Union...

  • Medigap Coverage And Medicare Spending: A Second Look. Lemieux, Jeff; Chovan, Teresa; Heath, Karen // Health Affairs;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p469 

    Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) provides important financial protections for many low- and moderate-income beneficiaries in Medicare's traditional fee-for-service program. However, conventional wisdom among policymakers holds that Medigap coverage substantially raises Medicare claims...

  • RX FOR THE U.S. HEALTH CARE CRISIS. Brock, Horace W. // Financial Executive;Jan/Feb1992, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p10 

    This article presents an analysis of the United States health care system. To avoid the problem of moral hazard in insurance and skyrocketing costs, the author advocates a cost-sharing systems. He contends that the business community needs to form alliances with the health care industry to...

  • Pathways To Coverage: The Changing Roles Of Public And Private Sources. Vistnes, Jessica P.; Schone, Barbara S. // Health Affairs;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p44 

    Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys for 1997 and 2005, spanning the eight-year period after enactment of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), we examine whether the composition of insurance coverage has changed for working families. Public coverage has played...

  • mending holes in the Medicaid safety net a strategy for state healtcare reform. Keckley, Paul; Kalkhof, Christopher // hfm (Healthcare Financial Management);Dec2007, Vol. 61 Issue 12, p56 

    The article offers information about Medicaid reforms in the U.S. Managing Medicaid programs effectively and efficiently are considered one of the most important challenges of states in the country because it is a vital safety net that support the economic stability of every state and it needs...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics