In conversations with people around the state, Minnesota HealthBasics is working to find common ground on which to build a stronger health care system. The conversations so far have been vibrant, robust and full of good ideas. In the new Perspectives section of the Minnesota HealthBasics website, we will share some of the ideas we’ve heard, some interesting perspectives from Minnesota leaders and we also hope you’ll share your ideas with us.
Over the next couple of months, we will share short, thoughtful articles that will tackle some of the major issues in our health care system. Some articles you may agree with and others you may disagree with, but hopefully you’ll be talking about them with the people in your life.
We encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts here in the comment section and on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve got more to say and would like to submit your own article, please email email@example.com
The health reform debate in Washington often is characterized by two points on the political spectrum: Many conservatives want to repeal Obamacare, shifting more responsibility to states and individuals. Proponents argue that a market-based health system would reduce costs through competition among insurers and fewer regulations. Lower costs would make it possible for more people […]
Ten years ago, Minnesota took a major step in protecting people from secondhand tobacco smoke. The Freedom to Breathe Act was implemented Oct. 1, 2007, making all Minnesota hospitality venues smoke-free. The law built on Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation Clean Indoor Air Act, a 1975 law that prohibited smoking in most public places. Bars and restaurants, however, […]
Health Debate Obscures Cost of Medical Care Debates over health reform in Washington often obscure two critical issues: First, the rate of increase in Medicaid spending is projected at 5.9 percent per year between 2018 and 2025, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While Democrats and Republicans disagree on how […]
The opioid epidemic is growing more rapidly than many had predicted, and expanding in ways that might be a surprise to the health community, policy makers and others. “Between 2005 and 2014 (the most recent year for which state-by-state data are available) there was a dramatic increase nationally in hospitalizations involving opioids: the rate of […]
When the Mayo clinic announced plans to consolidate some services at its Austin and Albert Lea campuses in June, many in Albert Lea understandably panicked that they would now have to drive 22 miles east for important medical needs. The city’s former Naeve Hospital has been part of Mayo’s network since the 1990s and Albert […]
A unanimous jury decision recently awarded $20 million to the family of a Minnesota woman who died after giving birth. Plaintiff attorneys are calling the judgment the largest wrongful death malpractice verdict in the state’s history. The case is raising longstanding questions about the fairness and cost of malpractice lawsuits. Limiting malpractice damages long has […]
The marketplace for those who purchase health coverage as individuals is showing signs of stabilizing. Preliminary 2018 premiums for individuals buying through MNsure, the state’s insurance exchange, show modest increases and even some reductions if the federal government approves a new reinsurance program the state legislature passed earlier this year. Even with the good news, […]
Minnesota ranks second among health care systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to a new analysis. WalletHub’s analysts compared the states across three key dimensions: 1) Cost, 2) Access and 3) Outcomes. The ranking reinforces Minnesota’s longstanding reputation for quality health care and an accessible, affordable system. Among the strengths […]
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer face a significant choice: undergo the potential risks of surgery to remove the cancer or monitor the cancer and risk that it spreads to other areas of the body. Results of a 20-year national study led by a researcher at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center make that decision more complicated. […]
Minnesotans who purchase individual health insurance through MNsure, the state’s exchange, recently received some good news. Premiums proposed for 2018 will increase only modestly and could actually be cut significantly if regulators in Washington, D.C., approve the reinsurance plan passed by the state legislature earlier this year. If all goes as hoped, consumers will be […]