Tag Archives: cost

02.21.14

What is the best way (if any) to control health care costs in China?

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The public recently praised a Chinese doctor in Zhengzhou city because the 4 pills of anti-allergy drug that she prescribed cost only 4 Chinese cents (less than 1 US cent) to treat a 2-year-old patient’s rashes. Many Chinese netizens wish more doctors could behave like this one since expensive drugs are becoming prevalent to treat […]

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11.27.09

Hit the Delete Key on “Bending the Cost Curve”

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Is anyone else as sick as I am of hearing the wonky phrase ”bending the cost curve” as a proxy for why we need to enact health reform legislation? I’m all for including cost controls in whatever legislation emerges from Congress. But the primary policy goal for me remains the moral imperative of covering those […]

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10.20.09

More on Taxation

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The 1502 page legislative language of the Senate Finance bill became available yesterday on the Senate Finance Committee website. One of the many legal issues raised by this legislation relates to my October 8 post on the constitutionality of taxation. As you may recall, the Constitution requires that “Duties, Imposts and Excises,” generally called indirect […]

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