- It does not appear that the uninsured use emergency rooms more than the rest of us, or that insuring them made any difference in Massachusetts.
- The evidence that insurance has a positive effect on health outcomes is inconclusive.
- The current reform bill does nothing to address the flawed fee-for-service system.
- Don't blame high insurance company profits: "In 2009, the largest 14 insurers had profits of roughly $9 billion; that approached 0.4 percent of total health spending of $2.472 trillion."
Monday, March 15, 2010
Samuelson on Health
OpEd of the day: Robert Samuelson brings a few facts to bear on the health care reform debate. He cites, and links to, a variety of studies. Highlights: