Renegotiating Health Care Waste

The New York Times today cites an Institute of Medicine study with more bad news about waste in the health care system: an estimated 30% of spending was wasted in some way in 2009. That’s about $750 billion. In another study cited, three-quarters of hospitalized patients were unsure who was actually “in charge of their […]

Can Patients Ban Facebook from the OR?

A couple of years back my wife went in for surgery. Her only request to the surgeon was that healing statements be read. The surgeon generally agreed. Now should either of us need to go in for a serious procedure, I’m going insist on something else: a written pledge against the use of technology for […]

Patients…and the Renegotiation of Health Care

Negotiations between Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Tufts Medical Center made news this week: Tufts wants what it considers to be a modest increase in payment rates over the next three-to-five years. Blue Cross says that Tufts is already making too much. Tufts says that it gets paid at lower rates than other, larger […]