Perspectives

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 mnhealthbasics@gmail.com

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    • Perspectives
    • March 5th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Billboards tell the story: School absences are a crisis

      You may have seen the billboards: 2 absences per month = likely to fail a grade The full impact of the message may be lost when viewed at 60 mph, but the billboard is a headline for a critically important story. According to the billboard’s sponsor, “Even one year of chronic absence can cause a […]

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    • February 26th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Medicare funding attracts attention as health costs continue to soar

      The Washington Post reported that President Trump’s proposed budget for 2019 includes “$266 billion in cuts to Medicare, which provides health insurance to 58 million Americans 65 and older and people with certain disabilities.” While the administration’s budget plan isn’t expected to receive much attention in Congress, it does highlight the growing attention policymakers are paying to […]

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    • February 14th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      New organizations offer promise of breakthroughs in health care reform

      The January announcement that Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are joining to create a health care company has captured broad attention. Many who are frustrated with the high cost of the U.S. health care system are hoping that the management and technological expertise of the three large and innovative companies can bring about the […]

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    • January 17th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Years after landmark book, article, key driver of health costs unchanged

      Recent studies seem to undermine long-held beliefs about health costs while reinforcing economic models of human behavior. A December 2017 study in the journal HealthAffairs found that expanding health insurance does not lead to a reduction in the use of hospital emergency rooms and emergency departments. This runs counter to the common opinion that emergency […]

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    • January 15th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Insurance coverage seems to increase use of hospital emergency departments

      Recent studies seem to undermine long-held beliefs about health costs while reinforcing economic models of human behavior. A December 2017 study in the journal HealthAffairs found that expanding health insurance does not lead to a reduction in the use of hospital emergency rooms and emergency departments. This runs counter to the common opinion that emergency […]

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    • January 8th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Competition remains robust in Minnesota’s health marketplace

      Minnesota’s health system largely has grown in a nonprofit environment. Most of the best-known names in both health care delivery and insurance are nonprofit organizations. Last year, the Minnesota Legislature reversed decades-long policy and voted to allow for-profit companies to be licensed as health maintenance organizations, or HMOs, in the state. The St. Paul Pioneer Press […]

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    • December 27th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Health spending – Recent news items on health costs and impact

      The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker provides an easy-to-understand dashboard of key indicators of how the U.S. health system is performing on quality, cost and spending. The interactive dashboard allows users to look behind the headlines. For example, the data show that while overall health spending increased from less than 7 percent of the Gross Domestic […]

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