Economics of health care

Nov-Dec 2007 Issue
Baumol's Disease [Opinion]

Health care in general may suffer from an incurable disease. (Are you surprised?)

Sep 2007 Issue
Rewarding Failure [The Last Word]

High-tech, high-cost procedures may get all the glory in health care, but they signal our failure to reward prevention.

Sep 2007 Issue
The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again [Feature]

The article discusses the "medical home" concept and introduces readers to initiatives designed to help family physicians implement medical home features and assess the value of the medical home concept in terms of health care financing.

Mar 2006 Issue
How Consumer-Driven Health Plans Will Affect Your Practice [Feature]

The article describes new insurance models that give more control to patients and describes how the trend will affect family physicians.

Sep 2005 Issue
Ten Hard Questions About the Future of the Specialty [Editorial]

The Future of Family Medicine reports left some key questions unanswered.

Mar 2005 Issue
What You Need To Know About the Prescription Drug Act [Feature]

The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.

Jul-Aug 2004 Issue
Should You Charge Your Patients for "Free" Services? [Feature]

In this era of tightening reimbursements, it's difficult for family physicians to continue practicing, let alone afford to improve their practices. This article explains how family physicians are finding new sources of income in services they used to be able to afford to offer without charge.

Jun 2004 Issue
Practicing in an Absurd System [Editor's Page]

Argues that there are four reasonable responses to the current chaotic health care system: mastering it, changing it, working outside it and dropping out.

Mar 2004 Issue
Understanding Your Medical Bills [Patient Education]

Patient education piece designed to help the patient understand how to read and understand doctor's bills and statements from their insurance companies.

Jun 2003 Issue
Trouble at the Money/Medicine Interface [Editor's Page]

Argues that the reimbursement system's misalignment of incentives makes the health care system absurdly complicated and points to two articles in this issue as evidence.

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