Tag: health care economics

Ryan Denu Ryan Denu (8 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Ryan is a Class of 2020 MD/PhD student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He graduated in May 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in molecular biology. He enjoys thinking and writing about health care policy, and is also an avid tennis player, instructor, coach, umpire, and fan.

Medicare SGR Repeal and What It Means for Our Future

Here’s the problem: Medicare’s physician payment formula has not been working. Since 1992, Medicare has reimbursed physicians on a fee-for-service basis. In 1997, Congress implemented the sustainable growth rate (SGR) to control Medicare spending and make sure that growth in physician reimbursement does not exceed growth in the gross domestic product (GDP). This is problematic because the cost of medical care in the United States has increased faster than its GDP. In fact, health care …

The SGR: What Happens in Washington, D.C. Now Could Affect the Rest of Your Career

If you’ve happened across any political news outlets in the past month or two you may have seen some headlines about something called “SGR.” Perhaps more likely, you may remember in years past hearing political pundits or reporters talking about a “doc fix.” In fact, both of these are the same thing, and if you’ve heard those terms thrown about more than once it might be because the issue has come up at least once a year …

A Bias Towards Present: Why Investing in Personal Health is So Difficult, and Why Behavioral Economics Has the Answer

We have now entered a world where most the obviously good ideas are already taken. Someone has already invented the chair. Someone has already invented the desk. The spaces where innovation will occur now are in the crevices of where academic disciplines come together. By using paradigms from behavioral economics, I believe physicians and public health officials can utilize this interdisciplinary terrain to solve the U.S.’s current obesity problem. In the late 1970s, famous behavioral …

Why Health Care Costs Matter

It is no secret the US health care model is unsustainable. Costs continue to skyrocket, emergency rooms have become the primary care source for many of the uninsured, and physicians spend 22% of their time on nonclinical paperwork. Amidst the numerous problems and proposed causes, the unpredictable and high cost of health care is an undeniable symptom of a sick health care system. The price of procedures, visits, medications, and hospital stays has become a …

When Health Policy Cares About Costs More Than Doing the Right Thing

Editor’s note: This article was originally published here by contributing writer Emily Lu on her blog, Medicine for Change. Like every other health policy nerd out there, I’ve been following the debate over the Oregon Medicaid experiment results about as closely as most Chicagoans followed the Bulls game. For those not up to speed, here’s a quick replay: Due to financial constraints, Oregon was only able to expand Medicaid enrollment by 10,000 in 2008, though many more people were …

Emily Lu Emily Lu (4 Posts)

Editor Emeritus: Former Medical Student Editor (2013-2014)

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Emily is a Class of 2014 medical student interested in health policy and underserved medicine. At Pritzker, she has done research in quality improvement in primary care and mobile messaging for diabetes care management. Before she came to medical school, she studied biology and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and worked in the nonprofit world, doing fundraising and pro bono consulting work.