I just finished perusing the articles in Grand Rounds, hosted by Jason Shafrin at Healthcare Economist. I guess I’m a bit behind in my blog reading, since that issue of GR mentioned the upcoming Confederations Cup, and that the US would be playing in the finals.
My favorite article was from Jason himself, with his healthcare economist manifesto. He includes solid pros and cons for both private health insurance and government-run healthcare. On an issue as complicated as healthcare reform, it’s disingenuous to claim that one side has all the answers, and Jason does a fantastic job of highlighting all sorts of issues from an objective viewpoint. His article includes recommendations and strategies that he feels would help to reform our healthcare system. He’s an economist (congratulations on the newly minted PhD!) and as such brings a unique perspective to the debate about healthcare. Money is absolutely a factor in healthcare reform, as we saw from the recent CBO estimates. Ideas like the ones Jason puts forth help to round out the ideas of patients, doctors, politicians, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance companies. Check out his article, and see what you think.