Obamacare rates on the rise

The Affordable Care Act has weathered its share of punches in recent weeks, including a Supreme Court challenge that could have led to its unraveling. Its next bout could hit consumers in the pocketbook. In Florida, several big-name insurance providers – including Aetna,Cigna, Coventry and United Healthcare – have already proposed double-digit rate increases for […]

Medical Spending of the U.S. Elderly

We use data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) to document the medical spending of Americans aged 65 and older. We find that medical expenses more than double between ages 70 and 90 and that they are very concentrated: the top 10% of all spenders are responsible for 52% of medical spending in a […]

The top 50 hospitals that gouge patients the most

These are the 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs. That means that they are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers’ compensation insurers, more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare, according to new research published Monday. Who are […]

Dear Life : On Caring For The Elderly

Most of the patients now entering hospitals suffer from more than one physical problem; they are older, and have complex social circumstances that need to be addressed. A patient may have pneumonia that has stressed their heart, which has in turn affected their kidney and liver function. Many suffer delirium as a consequence of infection […]