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Behavior economics principles offer guidelines to health care reform

April 4, 2017

Following the recent retraction of the American Health Care Act, two researchers propose four general principles from behavioral economics as guidelines for any future attempt at health care reform. The principles may help to keep currently insured individuals and households from discontinuing their insurance.

“The behavioral economics approach cannot solve all of the problems facing U.S. health care. But behavioral principles can inform approaches to help ensure that insurance markets do not unravel, which is the first and most important challenge of any ‘repeal and replace’ efforts,” Jonathan S. Skinner, PhD, from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, and Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania, wrote. “Coupled with other approaches to reduce costs, behavioral reform could provide some needed optimism for 2017: Lower health insurance premiums for the first time in recent memory.”

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Behavior economics principles offer guidelines to health care reform

April 4, 2017
Following the recent retraction of the American Health Care Act, two researchers propose four general principles from behavioral economics as…

Survey: American physicians satisfied with career choice despite challenges

March 30, 2017
A survey of 1,200 American physicians, residents and medical students found that nine out of 10 physicians are satisfied with their career choice…

AMA, Mayo Clinic working to create ‘medical school of the future’

March 29, 2017
The AMA and the Mayo Clinic recently convened its 32-school Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium to develop innovative ideas regarding…

GOP, Trump pull AHCA due to lack of support

March 24, 2017
Reportedly acting on orders from President Donald J. Trump, House Republican leaders today again postponed a vote that would have overhauled the…

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