Weekly News Roundup: April 12, 2019
Employer Health Insurance
Employer-provided health insurance continues to be a hot topic-and a problem-for both providers and consumers. This week’s news roundup examines the issue, including why employers provide health insurance in the first place, why Europeans don’t get huge medical bills, how some employers are choosing their employees’ doctors, and how data will help shape the future of employer 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