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What is Health Insurance, and Why Do You Need It?: Health Care Triage #2

In this episode of Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Carroll gets some surprised questions from “friend of Obama” John Green who is still waiting for his big government giveaway . Unfortunately, insurance still costs money, and it’s still really complicated. Aaron explains how the insurance system we have today came to be, and why most of us get coverage through our jobs. He talks about why we need insurance, which basically boils down to the fact that health care is really, really, really expansive. More importantly, he explains why you need to know what premiums, networks, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance are, and how they have to be considered in the true cost of insurance. Also, ground unicorn horn.

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Introducing Taiwan’s World-Class Health Care System / 台灣醫療軟實力

The national health care system in Taiwan is widely recognized as being one of the best in the world. But how does it work? This video offers a glimpse into how the system functions. It also explores new initiatives being developed under a new Long Term Care Service Plan to help even more people satisfy their healthcare needs.

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Which Health Policies Actually Work?

We spend a lot of money on healthcare. How much if goes toward good studies of the health policies we implement. Not much. An almost natural experiment in Oregon has been revealing.

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Wellness Programs Don’t Stand Up to RCT: https://youtu.be/gtUYKGz1v-c

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Is Our Health Care Spending Actually Worth It?

Many people know by now that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country, and that health outcomes are not a lot better (and in many instances worse). That raises the question: Is our health care spending actually worth it?

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1. Why Does the US Still Spend so much on Healthcare? High, High, Prices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFtAohYPSFc

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Does More Social Spending Reduce Healthcare Costs?

We spend a lot of money on social programs. Studies indicate that a lot of those programs work to improve health outcomes for people who receive the benefits. So, does that social spending reduce healthcare costs? Not really. But cutting social spending doesn’t help with health. As usual, it’s complicated, but there’s a lot of evidence these programs are doing good. Spending is worth it sometimes.

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Social Determinants of Health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgAQ5W7YTXc&list=PLkfBg8ML-gImSJ5T_vnwNRGCKi5O77k44&index=6

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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Their Health Care Proposals

We’ve got an election coming up here. It’s pretty much a dumpster fire. But we’ve still got a country to run, and a health care system that’s far from ideal. There are two main candidates, two main health care reform plans, and we’re going to break them down and discuss them. That’s the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.

And make sure to tune in to Healthcare Triage LIVE this Wednesday at 11:30 AM Eastern, where we’ll take all your questions on this topic.
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You can read Hillary Clinton’s health care plan here: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/
You can read Donald Trump’s health care plan here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/POSITIONS/HEALTHCARE-REFORM

More links for your perusal:
What credit card history can tell us about state lines: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2008/05/reverse_robin_hood.html
Health Savings Accounts and the ACA: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/health-savings-accounts-under-affordable-care-act-5945.html
My own take on state lines: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/meme-busting-selling-insurance-across-state-lines-will-lower-costs/
Margot Sanger-Katz’s take on state lines: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/upshot/the-problem-with-gop-plans-to-sell-health-insurance-across-state-lines.html
Block granting Medicaid: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/medicaid-theres-no-magic-in-block-granting/
More Medicaid block granting: https://newsatjama.jama.com/2012/04/20/jama-forum-innovation-isnt-easy-when-it-comes-to-medicaid/
HCT covers drug pricing: https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage/videos?view=0&shelf_id=2&sort=dd
HCT covers EpiPens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdY38YL39g0
More HCT on EpiPens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-lYKFoVPGM
HCT explains how insurance works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF3Dcol5XLg
HCT explains the US healthcare system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN-MkRcOJjY
HCT explains the exchanges and such: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBr3fniyb4w
HCT explains how we pay for the ACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdcNLBfeTis
HCT talks about underinsurance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GQKNIhU3JM

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Aaron Carroll — Writer
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One Real Fix For Health Care | The Direct Primary Care Revolution LIVE

What the hell is Direct Primary Care (DPC)? Here’s why folks love it and some lessons we can learn for the full healthcare system. Warning: contains ALL the curse words, so maybe keep your kids and administrators away 😉

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RAND and the Moral Hazard: Healthcare Triage #10

As we’ve explained in previous episodes, insurance is complicated. Even John gets confused (watch the video!). But there’s a reason we have all these deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance. It’s because of the moral hazard, and a very important research study known as the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. Watch this episode and learn all about it.

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Here’s more info on the RAND HIE: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/the-moral-hazard/

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Transformational Health Care Reform: Blueprint for America

The American health care system is on an unsustainable path characterized by government-dominated insurance. Fixing health care begins with changing the incentives and empowering consumers to seek value with their money, while increasing competition among providers. Reforming Medicaid, Medicare, access to HSAs, and private insurance will improve access, choice, and quality of health care.

For more information, visit https://www.policyed.org/blueprint-america/transformational-health-care-reform/video.

Additional resources:

Read Scott Atlas’ chapter “Transformational Health Care Reform” in Blueprint for America here: http://hvr.co/2tVSHAW

To learn how to reduce the price of medical care, the key to lowering costs while improving quality, click here: http://bit.ly/2v3N0P4

You can find the rest of Blueprint for America here: http://hvr.co/2sQUaDt

For much more detail on Scott Atlas’ health care plan, read his book Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost: http://amzn.to/2stCeiV

To learn the difference between health care and health insurance, read Scott Atlas here: http://fxn.ws/2swoHpX

To learn how to cut the prices of prescription drugs, read more from Atlas here: http://cnn.it/2oO9Qc4

Read Scott Atlas’s argument for high-deductible health insurance plan in “The Case for High Deductible Insurance” here: http://hvr.co/2tW1gvl

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The Republican health care bill makes no sense

The bill doesn’t know what problem it’s trying to solve.

For more Vox analysis: http://www.vox.com/2017/1/5/14179258/obamacare-repeal-republican-votes-trump
You can read the bill here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/politics/house-republicans-obamacare-repeal-replace-text/ https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/03.06.17-AmericanHealthCareAct_Summary.pdf

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Republicans in the House have finally released a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare: the American Health Care Act. The GOP healthcare bill keeps some of the most popular parts of Obamacare, like letting young adults stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 and requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

But the Republican bill gets rid of the key element that made Obamacare work: the individual mandate. Now that people aren’t required to have insurance, healthy people could leave insurance pools en masse, leaving sick people who are more expensive to cover.

Hypocrisy is a minor sin in politics, but still, it is remarkable how much of it there is to be found in this legislation. A core Republican complaint when Obamacare was passed was that the law delayed many of its provisions in order to reduce public outcry and manipulate the CBO’s score. The GOP bill is similarly aggressive with such tricks, delaying changes to the Medicaid expansion until 2020 and pushing Obamacare’s tax on expensive insurance plans out until 2025.

Because Republicans aren’t even trying to win Democratic votes, they’re stuck designing a bill that can wiggle through the budget reconciliation process (another thing they complained about Democrats doing). That means they can’t make major changes to insurance markets like repealing Obamacare’s essential benefit standards or allowing insurance to be sold across state lines. That last part is particularly striking, given that it was one of President Trump’s five demands in his speech last week. I’ve always been skeptical about the savings Republicans could wrest by changing those regulations, but now they can’t get those savings at all — which means sacrificing a key part of their theory of cost control.

This bill has a lot of problems, and more will come clear as experts study its language, the Congressional Budget Office release its estimates, and industry players make themselves heard. But the biggest problem this bill has is that it’s not clear why it exists. What does it make better? What is it even trying to achieve? Democrats wanted to cover more people and reduce long-term costs, and they had an argument for how their bill did both. As far as I can tell, Republicans have neither. At best, you can say this bill makes every obvious health care metric a bit worse, but at least it cuts taxes on rich people? Is that really a winning argument in American politics?

In reality, what I think we’re seeing here is Republicans trying desperately to come up with something that would allow them to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a compromise of a compromise of a compromise aimed at fulfilling that promise. But “repeal and replace” is a political slogan, not a policy goal. This is a lot of political pain to endure for a bill that won’t improve many peoples’ lives, but will badly hurt millions.

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