To Our ReadersThanks for visiting. We are not currently adding new content, but we are leaving up Health Care Cost Monitor as an achieve of the commentaries from health policy experts on cost control as part of the implementation of health care reform and in the broader context of assessing national priorities.
May 1, 2012
May 1, 2012 > The chief veterinarian was frank about the fact that Sunny was not likely to make it and what it would cost us if she did. The doctor beautifully integrated money, medical candor, and compassion.
February 14, 2012
February 14, 2012 > Krieger's father wanted a "natural death." Thanks to modern medicine, he lived decades longer than his father, but he also had a miserable unnatural death -- at a cost of $323,000. That is a dilemma of modern medicine we have yet to resolve.
February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012 > Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare demonstration projects can be expanded on a national scale if they meet either of two standards: reduce costs while maintaining or improving quality of care, or improve quality of care without raising costs. A new CBO report concludes that they have a long way to go.
November 21, 2011
November 21, 2011 > There is little evidence that increasing taxes on the highest earners will harm economic growth or small business. To overcome the budget crisis, we need to raise revenue and control Medicare and Medicaid costs. It's time for members of Congress to break with their extreme factions and do the right thing.
November 10, 2011
Daniel Callahan and Elizabeth H. Bradley
November 10, 2011 > Nearly every country that leads the world in international economic competitiveness also has a strong government-run or regulated universal health care system and a comprehensive welfare policy. The one exception is the United States.
November 2, 2011
November 2, 2011 > In a recent political ad, AARP rejects all attempts to cut Medicare and Social Security as part of a plan to reduce the deficit. But rather than support this losing position, the organization could help work out a plan for benefit cuts that is fair to all.
September 27, 2011
September 27, 2011 > Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death, costing billions of dollars a year. It poses a particular challenge in a time when health care costs must be reduced: should it be exempt from cuts?
August 30, 2011
August 30, 2011 > The new Congressional supercommittee will have to cut Medicare spending. Some careful planning now can help make the cuts as fair as possible to doctors, hospitals, and beneficiaries.
August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011 > Is the real problem with Medicare waste and fraud? Excessive spending? Medical technology? No, it's something else entirely.
August 17, 2011
August 17, 2011 > A call for doctors to accept pay cuts, why reducing spending can backfire, and other news and commentary on health care costs