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Low Cost Doctors Save Patients $26 per Visit

by Tyree Winters, DO in Affordability & Delivery System

In the increasingly competitive market that defines the nation’s health care system, a recent study examined how price transparency for the cost of outpatient physician [...]

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  • Low Cost Doctors Save Patients $26 per Visit

    In the increasingly competitive market that defines the nation’s health care system, a recent study examined how price transparency for the cost of outpatient physician office visits could potentially lower rising health care costs. The study found significant price variation between primary care physicians based on the price of a middle-complexity established outpatient office visit. A 10% difference in pricing, or roughly $26, was noted between the low- and high-priced primary care [...]
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    Moving the Medicare Age up is Bad Medicine

    A common goal for health reform is to decrease total health care expenditures. Adjusting the eligibility age for Medicare beneficiaries has the attraction of decreasing federal spending and shifting costs to private marketplaces. However, these reforms would detract from the pricing leverage present in Medicare, which provides significant cost savings relative to private insurers. John S. Quarterman (Flickr/CC) President Obama began his first term in office with proposals to move the American [...]
  • Innovating and Disrupting Emergency Care

    Freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have seen rapid growth in the United States in recent years, with their number increasing to 360 in 2015. This growth, however, has not been evenly distributed. Three states (Texas, Colorado, and Ohio) account for two-thirds of all FSEDs, with Texas alone being home to half. This study used a ZIP code-level analysis to understand the characteristics of areas in which FSEDs chose to locate in order to investigate how FSEDs affect access to emergency [...]

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