Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Economic Indication

Housing starts may be down but what about existing housing sales. How much weakness does the reduction in durable goods associated with new home sales account for in the economy?
" U.S. housing starts fall sharply, inflation edges up (2009-11-18) -- Construction of new homes in the United States fell sharply last month, showing potential weakness in the economy's recovery, while consumer prices rose slightly more than expected. Read the remainder of the article at ...

News on Sustainable Growth Rate Formula in Healthcare Reform

Monday, November 16, 2009

Healthcare reform for elderly

A report from the governments health insurer estimates health expenditures for elderly and indigent to increase quicker than previously reported.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Add a Quarter Trillion Dollars to the Deficit to Replace Medicare......

Thats what it's gonna cost.

Managed Care Matters

S&P notes not-for-profits' slimmer operating margins - Modern Healthcare

I checked out S&P reports through web search. S&P Analysts are adjusting their positions on these to reflect the summary in this article

S&P notes not-for-profits' slimmer operating margins - Modern Healthcare

Getting the Young Covered is a Major Reform Challenge

Even as Congress attempts to iron out differences on health reform, some major problems remain, and it seems unlikely that any current reform is likely to solve them. One concerns the requirement that everyone buy health insurance.
Despite offering coverage to all comers, as well as equal pricing for people with any medical history and both genders, young, poor consumers in good health have traditionally refused to buy a policy.
Right now, young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 are the most likely to be uninsured, often because they're working entry-level jobs that don't offer benefits. Between the financial demands they face and the sense that they don't need the coverage, they're unlikely to take an insurance mandate lightly, observers say.
The problem is that if young, healthy people aren't included in the pool, it could bankrupt insurers, as their premiums are needed to counterbalance coverage for patients with expensive medical problems. Senate and House leaders differ on how to handle the problem.
To work around this issue, some states are extending the age limits on coverage within parental policies. In Wisconsin, for example, people up to age 27 will remain on their family's health plan starting Jan. 1.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another source for health care economics data

This source provides publications, events, funding opportunities and other resources to support university teachers of economics. I recently found on there a paper that examined the top health economics journal articles by frequency of citation on reading lists.Economics Network in UK source for health economics http://www.economicsnetwork...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Social Networking personal or professional?

What began as social networking, a tool for connecting people, has quickly given way to social media, which has been defined as an outlet for publishing;