government healthcare spending

Good news/bad news from the CMS report on U.S. healthcare spending

For the fifth consecutive year, federal healthcare spending grew less than 4 percent in 2013 – a markedly lower rate than the historical average of 7.2 percent per year from 1990-2008. But government actuaries and economists say we shouldn’t expect slow growth to last much longer. New estimates from the Office of the Actuary at […]

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Health care incentives are a great American paradox – at every level

Stupidity is in the eye of the beholder. Smoking is “stupid,” some would say, because it is unequivocally bad for one’s health. But what if the pleasure gained from smoking outweighs the decrease in life expectancy? Is that still stupid? The United States of America has a general paradigm for dealing with these questions. Americans […]