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Average 2018 Premium on the Health Insurance Exchange (Feb. 2018)

On average, individual premiums were under $600 per month for a plan on the health insurance exchange, as of February 2018. Across all states, the average premium was $597 for the plans selected [...]

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Medicare Hospital Fund Runs Out in 2026

The future of Medicare just got worse. The annual Medicare Board of Trustees sent its 2018 report to Congress last month. It was not a pretty picture. Overall, the Medicare program took in $705 [...]

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Washington State Ratings for Hospital Value

Washington Health Alliance’s 2018 Hospital Value Report lets consumers compare hospitals on three key elements of value: quality, patient experience and price. Online tool lets consumers compare [...]

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Harris Poll: Doctor Visit Satisfaction (2015)

On their most recent visit to a health care provider, 88% said they were satisfied with the experience. This compares to 91% satisfied with their last visit to a restaurant, for example, 63% [...]

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Gallup Poll – Confidence in Healthcare 2017

Gallup Poll found 37% of people had a Great Deal or Quite a Lot of confidence in the medical system in 2017. This compares to high confidence levels for the military (72%), small business (70%) [...]

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Time to Improve Mental Health Care

The case of 17-year old Jordan “Jordie” Binion highlighted once again the heartbreak of mental health care in the US. This week, NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden interviewed the young man’s parents, [...]

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Compare Countries on Healthcare (2018)

In-depth study of US and 10 other highest-income countries (UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark). Both costs and factors such as health [...]

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Better, Safer Healthcare: Take the Pledge

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Part of me delights in the idea of championing better, safer healthcare. It’s a time to celebrate the improvements made over the past ten to [...]

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Chartbook on Patient Safety

The Patient Safety chartbook is part of the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.  It shows the progress made on lowering hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as pressure [...]

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Health Reform – Consumer Thoughts about ACA – 2018

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll from February 2018 shows 54% of the public had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010. While a substantial majority of Democrats continue to [...]