The Great Health Care Challenges [A Slide show]

The US Health Care Crisis and the Complexities of Reform

By Austin Frakt PhD

Dr. Austin Frakt blogs over at The Incidental Economist which contemplates health care with a focus on research, and an eye on reform. It is about economics, health policy, health services, health care and – yes – politics. And, Austin is a health policy wonk that we admire here at the ME-P 

Last fall he created a slide show on the challenges presented by our health care system. He has updated it circa March 11 2011 and has now allowed us, and others, to post freely. We appreciate him for this educational gesture.

Thank you.

Ann Miller RN MHA


Link: Frakt Great Healthcare Challenges

About Austin Frakt PhD

Austin is the creator, manager, host, and primary author of The Incidental Economist. He is a health economist with an educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics he spent four years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies. Austin now has a joint appointment with the Department of Health Policy and Management at Boston University’s (BU’s) School of Public Health and Health Care Financing & Economics (HCFE) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy with a recent but not exclusive focus on Medicare and the uninsured. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy. His papers have appeared in Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals. For over a year, he has been a regular columnist for Kaiser Health News and he has contributed commentary for the New York Times’ Room for Debate forum.

Austin’s interests include economics and health care, of course, but also politics, personal finance, and the amusements of family life. Outside of his principal work duties, he manages his household’s finances, is CFO of a small business, and looks after his two children.

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One Response

  1. Medicare Trust Fund Will be Exhausted in 2024

    Medicare’s trust fund will be exhausted in 2024, according to a new report from the Social Security and Medicare boards of trustees. The new insolvency date is five years earlier than the trustees predicted in 2010.

    The accelerated trust fund insolvency was blamed on both reduced Medicare tax receipts stemming from the recent recession and rising healthcare provider salaries.

    Source: Rich Daly, Modern Healthcare [5/13/11]


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