Vince Kuraitis hosted the first Health Wonk Review of 2015 – the “shake the winter blahs” edition – at his eCareManagement Blog, and it’s full of great articles. Some of my favorites in this edition:
Roy Poses, writing about the “miracle” Hepatitis C drugs and reminding us – as always – to focus on evidence.
Joe Paduda, with some excellent insight into Harvard employees’ concerns that their out-of-pocket costs are increasing. I like Joe’s assertion that deductibles and copays are an inefficient way of cost-sharing, in that they discourage people from seeking necessary care prior to the deductible, but once the out-of-pocket maximum is met, there’s no cost incentive at all for the patient. And I appreciate his tongue-in-cheek concern for professionals with $200k salaries and $250 deductibles.
Julie Ferguson, writing about the health dangers of night-shift work. This is a problem with no obvious solution though. Some professions – nursing among them – require 24 hour staffing.
There’s plenty of other good stuff in this edition of the Health Wonk Review – don’t miss it!