Health Care Policy Update
By Arnold Kling
Ezekiel Emanuel with a solution based on vouchers. I think we have to head in that direction. With vouchers, you can put a finite budget on government health care subsidies. With service reimbursement programs, like Medicare, you have an open-ended spending commmitment, with obvious results.
Speaking of those results, The Congressional Budget Office is all over the health care issue and its impact on the budget outlook.
Finally, the Dartmouth crowd thinks that we might get a free lunch out of what I call corporate-style health care.
Atlas research has shown that the best, most effective, efficient, and appropriate health care is delivered by systems such as the Geisinger Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and others. Were lower-performing, higher-cost, higher intensity hospitals and providers to adopt the practices of these high value integrated systems, costs would be greatly reduced. Most importantly, patients would receive better care.