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Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting. Yet rising health insurance premiums and narrower networks are making it a burden for patients to access basic health care.
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting
Crafting a politically feasible health care reform that steers away from Obamacare's massive redistribution of health is more than a desirable component for any serious Republican presidential contender's platform. It is a necessity.
Health policy doesn't exactly rank high on the summer reading bucket list. Let's be real - for most people, it's not all that fitting for the beach, and it surely doesn't pair well with red wine during a gossipy book-club meeting.
Health care policy decisions usually come as federal dictates, so it's a rare opportunity when state legislators have full authority to grant North Carolinians more freedom over their health care options.
The excessive amount of government intervention that has been entrenched in our nation's health care system is curiously pushing medical providers to channel this negative energy into positive solutions - ones in which physicians are either scaling back or cutting off their relationships...
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a last-minute amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility, and with 34-10 bipartisan support passed a bill making sweeping changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
A legislative oversight committee on Wednesday voted to consider measures aimed at reducing the $25.5 billion unfunded liability in the state retiree health benefit fund.
Legislators involved with the certificate-of-need debate are probably overwhelmed with conflicting studies on whether the regulatory program should stay, be reduced, or go altogether.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a last-minute amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility, and with 34-10 bipartisan support passed a bill making sweeping changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
Governor Pat McCrory is welcoming back veterans with a new joint initiative between the administration's Division of Veterans Affairs and Duke University. The two-year partnership will focus on increasing mental health services for veterans, military families, and transitioning personnel within...
This morning a crowd gathered to see the Mayor of Belhaven and his entourage off to Washington, DC. There were some 100 people gathered on the waterfront and across from the closed Belhaven Hospital.
Progressives everywhere are calling for an increase in the minimum wage. (For a look at the progressive movement's historical support for the minimum wage see this article.) The amount of the increase depends on who is calling for it. President Obama wants a 40 percent hike from the current...
In the last 24 hours the state of North Carolina, invoking the infinite wisdom of politicians and bureaucrats, has announced that it is subsidizing the investments of several favored bio-tech and pharmaceutical firms while at the same time denying the right of a Wilmington clinic to pursue its...
It is easy to understand why North Carolina hospitals are adamant about keeping the state's Certificate of Need (CON) regulations locked in the law books. After all, what law better protects their fortresses from potential competitors who could possibly provide more innovative services in less...
In previous newsletters, I've discussed how both ends of the political spectrum strive to reform our nation's health care delivery system by following through with the "triple aim" concept of former CMS administrator Dr. Donald Berwick - increase access to care, reduce health care costs, and...
This Halloween, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) customers were spooked by skyrocketing premiums when opening their 2015 rate notification letters for their non-group health plans. While it turns out that the mailings provided incorrect information for an estimated 38,000...
The push is on, both nationally and in several states, to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.30 nationally and as high as $15 in specific cities and states. And let me say that I think it would be absolutely great if everyone who wanted a job could get one at a wage of $10
Lovers of socialized medicine are quick to point out that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't have some form of universal government run, i.e., single payer, health care system. While this may be true, the US system of health care payment and delivery does...
While Obamacare continues to flood the health care sector with more taxes and mandates, it's simultaneously driving insurers and health care providers to increase price transparency. Because the law's pricey regulations are either driving employers to push more benefit cost sharing onto employees...
It's now been one month since Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina went public with its health care cost estimator tool. Regardless of whether you have a BCBS card, anyone can now compare average costs for more than 1,200 procedures in just about any zip code across the state...
Last Monday, the John Locke Foundation hosted a thoughtful health care forum where three expert panelists offered insight on the status of Kansas, Louisiana, and Florida's Medicaid reforms. Featured speakers included Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, a pediatric plastic surgeon and leader of...
Last week, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce sponsored a health care breakfast panel where three North Carolina hospital CEOs talked about how competition brings out the best in their health systems. Competition is healthy. Competition is a beautiful thing.
North Carolina has one of the most aggressive Certificate of Need (CON) programs in the nation. A bipartisan bill introduced this week in the North Carolina House would loosen some of the CON reins.
Last week Gov. Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium, his spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. While there are some positive spending decisions in this budget, there are also some discouraging choices in certain areas of government...
It's going to take a while longer for the North Carolina Legislature to pass its two-year budget. Part of the hold up will be finalizing an agreement on reforming the state's certificate of need (CON) law, which requires health systems and medical providers to first obtain a hall pass from the...
Last year, Americans were shocked to learn about the widespread systematic failures of the VA, with many veterans being forced to wait months to see health care providers.
Frustration with the rising cost of health care gave politicians the ammo they needed to hang this ObamaCare monstrosity around our necks.
In the weeks leading up to Walker's February 3 state budget address, the governor leaked his plan to cut the system's budget by $300 million during 2016 and 2017. (The university system made up about 19 percent of the state's overall spending in 2013-15.) The president of the system, Ray Cross...
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today announced he is an original co-sponsor of the Prioritizing Veterans' Access to Mental Health Care Act. The bill was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Tillis joins Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) as original co-sponsors.
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