Healthcare

  • Is the Smoking-Ban Debate Back From the Ashes?

    Like a Phoenix rising from beyond the grave, a proposal to ban smoking in all buildings available to the public appears headed for a revival.

  • Healthcare Trends in N.C.

    Balfour discusses his study examining health care trends in North Carolina over the last seven years. From affordability to access, the state of health care in North Carolina has worsened.

  • Civitas Study: NC Healthcare on Downward Spiral

    A compilation of several major health care indicators reveals that state policies designed to improve health care in North Carolina have failed. Health insurance costs are rising more rapidly than the national average, more children lack health coverage and the most vulnerable in our state have less access to care, according to a study recently released by the Civitas Institute.

  • Health Care: Higher Costs, Fewer Choices

    The continued expansion of government control over your health care and little progress toward consumer-based reform were the major themes of the 2007 and 2008 North Carolina General Assembly sessions.

  • Less Affordable, Less Access, Less Coverage

    When it comes to the health care debate in North Carolina, four issues typically come to the forefront: affordability, access, government spending and mental health. Since 2001, North Carolina’s health care system has been faltering on all four counts.

  • Curing Healthcare…

    To cure our healthcare system, we have to look at the system holistically. Just one or two reforms will have a small effect. We need comprehensive reform. First, we must identify the pathologies. Then, we must offer prescriptions. But most reform efforts get this the wrong way around. In other words, many would like to treat the symptoms, but ignore the underlying problems.

  • Access to Health Care Policy Council

    The House Bill to establish the “Access to Health Care Policy Council” would create a council with the stated goal of “providing access to appropriate and affordable health care on a regular basis to all North Carolinians.” While the goal of ensuring North Carolina citizens enjoy broad access to health care is admirable, close examination of the current bill reveals opportunities for improvement (and reasons for fear).

  • Curing Healthcare: First Fix Problems Caused by Gov’t

    To cure our healthcare system, we have to look at the system holistically. Just one or two reforms will have a small effect. We need comprehensive reform. First, we must identify the pathologies. Then, we must offer prescriptions. But most reform efforts get this the wrong way around. In other words, many would like to treat the symptoms, but ignore the underlying problems.

  • Understanding Healthcare Reform

    Healthcare reform is complicated. But everyone knows something needs to be done. We've taken the time to treat the issue in a two-part video, which includes a breakdown of the problems, as well as market-friendly solutions. (More)

  • Understanding Healthcare and How to Reform It

    Understanding Healthcare and How to Reform It

  • When Consumers Are Driving Healthcare

    The next time you hear someone say the market is failing health care, ask him how much his last blood test cost. His failure to tell you won't be a memory lapse, but a symptom of our system. That is, the market never failed health care, the system did. The system? You know, that byzantine World War II-era arrangement among doctors, functionaries and insurers that leaves the patient (i.e., the consumer) out of the loop.

  • The Trouble with Single Payer

    An expose on healthcare in Canada. "Two Women"

  • 2008: Year of the HSA Tsunami?

    When it comes to healthcare reform, health savings accounts (HSAs) are not a silver bullet. But they certainly help where politicians hinder. The trouble is most people don’t yet know what they are. When they learn, we may see an HSA tsunami.

  • N.C. Public Policy Series – Healthcare

    Healthcare

  • Healthcare Reform: A Compromise

    If someone was looking for a solid compromise on healthcare reform, they wouldn’t search in vain. But Democrats are going to have to abandon their Medicaid-for-the-middle-class crusade. Republicans are going to have to abandon tax protection for big business. That’s because critical healthcare reform is going to involve giving the American people exactly what they need: affordability, portability, quality and choice.

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