Insurance reform

My latest Kaiser Health News column appears today. It makes a simple point. If you only remember one thing when you’re listening to health reform proposals, this may be the most important:

Sometimes one only needs to know one simple fact. It’s this: In each of the past 50 years payment to health care providers has accounted for more than 85 percent of health insurance premiums. Thus, only a small fraction of spending on health insurance premiums is consumed as a cost of insurance.

Read the rest of the column for the implications.

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