After a big week, it’s time to take a quick check of other blogs and media:
TEXT: There’s another edition of Health Wonk Review at Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review blog, which links to several articles of interest, including a conservative critique of the Massachusetts reform, an assessment that highlights the good and the bas about “retail” health clinics, and a detailing of the most recent bad acts by insurance companies.
Of most interest to me was the two links commenting on the new study about the uninsured getting charged multiple times what insurers get charged for the same service. On is at Health Affairs. InsureBlog has a critique that totally misses the point: I would imagine that if hospitals didn’t charge such outrageous prices, maybe a few more of the uninsured might actually be able to pay the bill. And regardless, the charged amount–the inflated rate–is the bill that goes to collections and court. The price matters to the person getting the bill.
AUDIO: Back to California politics, KQED’s Capitol Notes has now started a weekly podcast of analysis of Sacramento happenings. This week’s features the health care, along with the budget and whales(!)
The health care section is amusing. It starts with a negative tone, led by Anthony York playing Eeyore, suggesting all the reasons health reform won’t happen this year. But then after ten minutes of conversation, they all seem to come around to the notion that something might happen. (Will business accept a 7.5% minimum employer contribution? Don’t most do a lot more now? Aren’t some businesses signalling they would support such a standard?… Won’t somebody simply put anything that passes on the ballot to kill it? But didn’t it come very close time? And wouldn’t Schwarzenegger be on the other side of the issue this time?…
VIDEO: Finally, Michael Moore’s new film Sicko premiered at Cannes this weekend. It’s a comparison of the American health care system with that of other countries. The reports suggests it focus on not just the uninsured but the insured who have issues with our private insurance companies.
Health Access was contacted for stories for the feature, although I hear we were not the only ones: one rumour was that they had hundreds of stories to choose from by the time they were done.
The movie comes out June 29th. It should be interesting to see how it impacts the debate in California and around the nation.