Weekly News Roundup: April 12, 2019

 

Employer Health Insurance

The Future of Employer Health Insurance

Employers in the United States are constantly looking for ways to reduce what has historically been their number two or three largest expense item on their profit and loss statements-healthcare costs. Read More

Your Insurance Is Getting Disrupted – With or Without Medicare for All

Critics of Medicare For All say that Americans should be able to keep their employer-sponsored coverage if they like it. But rising health-care costs are making it impossible for employers to provide their workers with quality, stable coverage. Read More

Why Do Employers Provide Health Care in the First Place?

In 2017, Americans spent $3.5 trillion on health care – a level nearly equal to the economic output of Germany, and twice as much as other wealthy countries spend per person, on average. Not only is this a problem for the people seeking care; it’s also a problem for the companies they work for. Read More

Why Europeans Don’t Get Huge Medical Bills

When I described surprise medical bills to experts who focus on different Western European countries’ health systems, they had no idea what I was talking about. “What is a surprise medical bill?” said Sophia Schlette, a public-health expert and a former senior advisor at Berlin’s National Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Association. Read More

Walmart, Other Employers Get Choosier About Workers’ Doctors

Walmart and other employers want more say over which doctors care for their workers, and they are ramping up efforts to pick and choose physicians included in health plans as they seek to reduce health spending. Read More