For the last fifty years the most fundamental tension in health care has been between the providers of health care and third-party payers. None of the reforms so popular today are likely to change that.
According to survey research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, hospital ER workers spend an astounding amount of their work time on Facebook, and actually spend more time on it when the ER is busier. Think there might be an opportunity for productivity improvement there?
While we often focus our attention on the health care problems of the developed world, lower income countries have bigger issues, many of which are being addressed with the same “innovations” used in the richer nations. An NBER paper looks at the use of pay-for-performance in these countries.