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The Cost Burden of Disease: What Health Care Spending Can Teach Us About Improving Care

Examining the reasons people end up in the hospital could point to opportunities for improving patient care and making the health care system more effective and efficient, according to an issue brief released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT). Nationally in 2007, four of the top ten diagnoses related to cardiovascular disease; in Michigan, three of the …

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What does Massachusetts say about health reform?

Well, every politician for the past 100 years has known that health care reform is the “third rail” of politics. And, if they didn’t know before Massachusetts, they know it now. So, why did health reform fail this time? Is it for the same reasons it has in the past or is there something unique about this moment or this …

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Michigan’s health care spending lower than U.S. average – Medicaid reimbursements among the lowest in the nation

According to an issue brief on health care costs released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), Michigan’s health care spending has been growing at a slower pace than the national average for more than a decade. The issue brief also says Michigan spends less per capita on personal health care than the national average ($ 5,058 …

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Is concentrated power a good or bad thing when it comes to health care plans?

During the debate about health care reform, there has been much discussion about the need for a public option. The advocates for that option talk about the need to assure real competition in health care. About the public option, Robert Reich said, “…without a public option, the other parties that comprise America’s non-system of health care — private insurers, doctors, …

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