Category: Health Care

By Merrill Matthews, Jr. The following article originally appeared in the August 1998 issue of the Georgia Policy Review. Reprinted with permission from the National Center for Policy Analysis. Merrill Matthews Jr. is the vice president of domestic policy at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, Texas. A National Public Radio story on William Delashmit, 72, recently highlighted the problem of Medicare private contracting. Delashmit suffers from Cogan’s dystrophy, an abnormality of the cornea that has caused him to lose sight in his right eye. There is a 95 percent chance laser surgery could restore his sight. Unfortunately, Dr. William Stark of Johns Hopkins University, Delashmit’s physician, may not be able to help him. According to… View Article
John G. Malcolm Introduction Long before I was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, which oversees the entire Grady Health System (hereinafter referred to as “Grady”), I had heard and read, in essence, that Grady hemorrhages money, that it was inefficiently run and mismanaged, and that it was a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. However, in a recently-conducted Strategic Opportunity Assessment, APM Management Consultants, an internationally-recognized health care consulting firm, found that Grady “is relatively efficient on a cost per ad- justed discharge basis compared to national and regional institutions” and “very efficient from a clinical utilization perspective.” In other words, APM found that the opportunity to reduce the length of stay of the average… View Article

Bringing Health Care Back to the Free Market

By Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. THE PROBLEM Two factors are central to developing a good public health care policy for Georgia. Health care costs are enormous, and the federal portion of the indigent health care burden is likely to be shifted to the states. The government pays 45 percent of America’s health care costs. This burden has far exceeded anyone’s expectations.  When Medicare was created in 1965, it was estimated that its budget would reach $9 billion to $12 billion by 1990. The real cost in 1990 was $107 billion. Medicaid was predicted to cost some $1 billion by 1991. The actual cost was $56 billion. For Georgia, health care is the second largest budget item, with only education receiving more… View Article

Georgia Enacts Significant Health Care Reform

Kelly McCutchen During the prolonged debate over health care policy in Washington, one of the few remedies that both Democrats and Republicans could agree upon was portability — the ability to take your health insurance from job to job. Although a simple bill requiring portability would have received bipartisan support, no such bill ever surfaced. For those of us who think the states can solve many of our public policy problems far better than Washington can, Georgia has emerged as a shining example. In just three pages, Section Three of House Bill 616 solved one of the major health care problems facing Georgians by enacting portability. This law will provide peace of mind for the many people who live in… View Article
Elder J. Olson Recently, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation asked its members for examples of how government affected their lives. The following article is one of the many responses we received. My wife and I founded our small nursing service, Share Care Services, six years ago in Brunswick, Georgia. Sharron had been Executive Vice-President in charge of home health nursing for a large company headquartered in Brunswick, which grew from seven to 48 offices while she was there. She was later recruited by a Savannah hospital, where she ran six offices and assisted in establishing their home nursing service program. I mention Sharron’s background only to demonstrate that she is fully competent to direct a home health care nursing service.… View Article

Price Controls For Drugs

Paul H. Rubin The Clinton health plan proposes several forms of price controls on pharmaceuticals sold in the United States, including a new bureaucracy (the Advisory Council on Breakthrough Drugs) that will determine if drug prices are “reasonable.” Clintoncare’s pricing proposal embraces classic price controls, and will generate all the unfortunate consequences of price controls. Proponents use specious arguments to justify these controls. Some critics of the pharmaceutical industry use their accounting records to claim that there are large excess profits being generated. However, the Office of Technology Assessment has shown that the return on equity for the pharmaceutical industry is only slightly higher than the average for all industries. This is because accounting figures do not properly reflect large… View Article

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