From presidential candidates to the man on the street, healthcare costs are on everybody’s mind. But other than knowing that the U.S. spends more money on healthcare services than any other country in the world or that the cost of medical spending is rising faster than inflation, no one seems to have a fix. A Kaiser Health News article has broken down the problem to seven factors that we all contribute to one way or the other. Find the list here.
The national economy is improving. How do we know? Medicaid spending this year slowed to 2 percent, the smallest since 2006, and state-federal health insurance programs for the poor also slowed according to a report out from the Kaiser Family Foundation. At least that’s the findings in a Kaiser Health News article by Phil Galewitz. While there’s no real agreement on what the numbers actually mean in the long run, states are projecting the slowdown in enrollment to continue in 2013. Spending, however, is expected to increase by 3.8.