A reality check on hospital mergers

Hospitals represent the largest chunk of U.S. health care spending, and hospitals are acquiring more market power and commanding higher prices — bills that every American pays for in some part. A report funded by the American Hospital Association claims hospital mergers result in better care and savings for patients. But all independent studies show…

The true cost of high-deductible health care plans

One alternative to sky-high monthly health insurance premiums for many Americans is opting for a high-deductible plan instead. Those plans come with lower monthly premiums, but their elevated deductibles create other problems. Deductibles can reach into multiple thousands of dollars — causing some people to skip care altogether. Foregoing preventative care or not filling prescriptions…

The other unaccounted healthcare system

Discussions about the cost and complexity of America’s healthcare, don’t normally account for the labor cost provided by friends and family. But those supports are large and a growing part of the U.S. healthcare. Millions of dollars are raised every year in donations to help with medical bills, and care provided by family and friends…