What is wrong with healthcare in America, and how can we fix it?
In one sense, fixing healthcare is an easy problem to address. Fundamentally, it is the lack of free markets and individual rights in healthcare that is at the root of why costs and spending are rising out of control and the reason why we have seemingly less choice and freedom in medicine. However, while it is important for one to ground one's views in these abstract principles, it is also necessary to examine how they play out in specific, concrete issues that arise. Principles must be applied if advocates of free-market healthcare are to make progress.
This book is a collection of brief articles on various issues and topics that came to the forefront of the healthcare debate from 2005 to 2012.
- If we didn’t socialize healthcare costs, we wouldn’t need a soda tax
- The individual mandate insults those who would self-insure
- One small win over the Commerce Clause, one giant defeat for health policy
- Consumer-directed healthcare versus the “social equity” movement
- Without a limiting principle, the individual mandate cannot survive
- Concierge physicians are now being targeted by regulators
- What size government do Americans want?
- Presidential candidate Gary Johnson on reexamining EMTALA
- Interview with Sally Pipes on health policy advocacy
- On some aspects of health policy, Rand Paul is quite good
- Wait times are on the rise in Massachusetts
- My 1099-Romney
- Four brief observations about repealing the health reform law
- The Stark anti-kickback rule needlessly stigmatizes physician self-referral
- Interview with Peter Schiff
- Seven ways the new health reform law initiates force against insurers
- Will any politician debate healthcare on philosophic fundamentals?
- The real meaning of Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts
- What we have in healthcare is not a free market
- Government is for protecting rights, not selling insurance
- If you want to prevent a doctor shortage, get the government out of medicine
- Let the market determine which treatments are effective
- Patient privacy and the National Health Information Network
- Partial government control doesn’t work, but more government control will?
- Behind single-payer: administrative savings or healthcare rationing?
- An opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry to defend itself
- Healthcare in the 2008 Presidential election
- McCain is right about ending employer-based insurance, but he won’t win
- How much countries spend on healthcare is not of fundamental importance
- Let people pay organ donors!
- Doctors are ill-equipped to defend themselves
- Technology is not the problem in America’s battle with healthcare spending
- Cuban healthcare is no model for the United States
- Healthcare rationing, Canadian-style
- When it comes to health insurance, let’s leave employers out of it
- Patients versus the new Medicare drug coverage benefit
- Price controls lead to shortages
- So prescription drugs are now part of a federal entitlement
- End the guild system that is constraining the medical profession
- Antitrust laws do not make any sense in healthcare either
About the Author
Jared Rhoads is a senior healthcare researcher for a healthcare technology company, and a health policy writer and analyst. His writings have appeared in numerous healthcare industry publications, including Healthcare Informatics, Health Data Management, Healthcare Finance News, Managed Healthcare Executive, KevinMd.com, and others. He holds a Master of Science degree from Bentley University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.