Articles of Interest

These articles highlight many of the health care related stories in the news–ranging from single-payer op-eds by PNHP members to reports by newspapers on corporate health care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    By Jim Landers | Dallas Morning News
    WASHINGTON — Americans spend more than $9,000 apiece on health care every year. Ouch, you say. But how does it feel to know that more than $1,000 of that sum goes to administrative costs? Or that Americans spend more than $210 billion a year on the health insurance claims system?

  • Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
    By Douglas Martin | The New York Times
    Rashi Fein, an influential economist who strove to bring ethical and humanitarian perspectives to the nation’s health care system and helped lay the intellectual groundwork for Medicare in the 1960s, died on Monday in Boston. He was 88.

  • Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
    By Sarah Kliff | Vox
    America spends a lot of money on the paperwork that makes hospitals run— $218 billion per year, to be exact. That works out to 1.43 percent of the entire American economy is spent on hospitals' administrative costs. Of every $100 spent in America, that means $1.43 is going toward the billing specialists and schedulers that make hospitals here work.

  • Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    If public policy decisions were driven by good business sense, the United States would long ago have stopped wasting so much of our health care dollar on the preservation of an irrational insurance industry. With millions remaining uninsured despite 17.6 percent of our gross domestic product being devoted to health care, we must restructure our economically unsustainable system.

  • Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
    By William Ulwelling, M.D. | Albuquerque Journal
    How affordable is the American health care system? And are matters getting better or worse? One factor is the cost-effectiveness of our hospitals. A major study published recently in Health Affairs revealed a big problem, and proposed an answer.

  • Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
    By Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Modern Healthcare
    When I was a kid in Shreveport, La., my father was chief of radiology at the local hospital. He also ran the hospital and supervised the cafeteria. Today he'd be the COO.

  • Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014
    By Ralph Nader | The Nader Page
    It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    By Carey Goldberg | WBUR's CommonHealth blog
    Note to politicians: Backing “Medicare for all” is looking less and less like electoral poison. If, deep in your heart, you believe American health care would be better off with a Canadian-style, single-payer system, you might now consider coming out of the closet. (In Democratic primaries in blue states, at least.)

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    By John Nichols | The Nation
    Don Berwick is making a vital point about the need for progressives to expand the discussion about healthcare reform.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    By Markus Mannheim | The Canberra Times (Australia)
    United States hospitals spend a quarter of their budgets on administration, more than twice as much as some other countries, an international study has found.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    By F. Douglas Stephenson | Health News Florida
    One reliable indicator of health care quality in any nation is life expectancy. Unfortunately, life expectancy in the United States ranks in the bottom quartile of a list of 229 industrialized nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014
    By Helen Adamopoulos | Becker's Hospital Review
    An analysis of eight countries with various types of healthcare systems has found the U.S. has the highest hospital administrative costs, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

  • Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014
    By Alan Bavley | The Kansas City Star
    If U.S. hospitals could cut administrative spending to Canadian levels, they’d save more than $150 billion, the researchers estimated.

  • Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014
    By Alvin Tran | WBUR CommonHealth blog
    When it comes to hospital administrative costs, a new Health Affairs study finds, our country is No. 1 and we’re way ahead of the curve — unfortunately.

  • Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014
    By David Cay Johnston | Al Jazeera America
    American hospitals spend a huge and growing share of their revenue on overhead, a study published today in Health Affairs shows. Getting those costs down should be a national priority.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    By Tara Siegel Bernard | The New York Times
    Anita Maina was working on an arts and crafts project she found on Pinterest — creating a table out of wood and cork — when she ripped off a fingernail while removing staples from a piece of wood.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    By Sarah Kliff | Vox
    Health care in the United States is expensive. Insanely, outlandishly expensive.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    By Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. | The Salina (Kan.) Journal
    Affordable, accessible health care for all is not a dream but can be a reality, according to David Kingsley, who represents Physicians for a National Health Plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    By Bill Briggs | NBC News
    The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of data collected for NBC News.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    By Inge De Becker, M.D. | The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
    As a Canadian physician who now lives south of the 49th parallel, I’m alarmed that Canada’s publicly financed national health-care system is once again under attack