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Why Data on Health-Care Price Variation Doesn’t Itself Solve the Problem

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association report on “extreme price variation” in health care services and the limits of consumer information as a solution to the problem.

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How High Drug Prices Weigh on the Sickest Americans

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman explores the data behind public concern about prescription drug costs and highlights that the people most in need are the most burdened by the problem.

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Americans’ Health Priorities Diverge From Washington’s Focus on Obamacare

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman finds the public’s healthcare priorities have more to do with drug costs and other real world issues people deal with using the health care system than the ongoing partisan wrangling over the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Few Consumers Use Information on Health Provider Quality or Price

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses new poll findings showing very small numbers of consumers are using provider quality and price information.

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A New Way of Measuring Health Costs Sheds Light on Recent Health Spending Trends

National health spending started to grow more rapidly recently after several years of unusually slow growth. This analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis helps to dissect why that may be happening. Using recently-released disease-based health spending data compiled by the federal government, the analysis finds…

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High Health-Care Prices: More Talk Than Action  

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman explores how price is the major factor that distinguishes the cost of our health care system from those in other developed nations, yet most efforts in the U.S. to address health-care costs don’t focus on price much…

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Why are Healthcare Prices So High, and What can be Done about Them?

An archived webcast of this forum is now available at http://www.healthsystemtracker.org . Nearly a fifth of the United States’ economy goes to healthcare spending – a far larger share than in any other large, wealthy country in the world. Research suggests that price, rather than the volume of services, is…

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Web Event: Rx Drugs and the U.S. Health System – A Conversation about Election-Cycle Proposals for Lowering Costs

On Wednesday, October 5, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a web conversation to discuss proposals for controlling prescription drug costs, examine pros and cons of the ideas, and assess the likelihood that the plans will be enacted.

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