There is a lot of discussion on Steven Brill's lengthy health care article in Time. I wish an editor had tightened up the writing, and I'm dubious of some conclusions. Nevertheless, the ancedotes that he tells are anguishing. The best comment is in Interfluidity.
Two policy ideas struck me:
- Non-profit health care providers should publish their price list of procedures and products on-line, with the corresponding Medicare codes and reimbursement amounts. If an organization isn't built for profit and isn't paying taxes, then they should disclose their fee schedules. Public prices would drive out price gouging and gaming.
- Non-profit employee compensation of individuals should be capped, at say ten times the family median income. It is repulsive that executives of non-profit hospitals, museums, and charities robe themselves in benevolence while they are paid millions a year.