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
    • 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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    • December 18th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Study of medical care costs in state shows drivers, regional differences

      The total cost of medical care in Minnesota showed only “moderate” growth in 2016, although “affordability continues to be a major concern.” These are among the key findings of the 2017 Cost and Utilization Report published by Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). The report provides data on the cost of medical care and insights on some […]

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    • December 11th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      21 Connecting the dots from studies to health costs and conditions

      Sometimes research and news stories that appear to have little connection can, upon closer examination, be closely related. Consider, for example, the findings that emerged from a study published this fall by researchers from New York University. “Drawing on a panel of 264 cities spanning more than 20 years, we estimate that every 10 additional […]

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    • December 6th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Some Good News on Health Premiums …And Red Flags for the Future

      The political controversy over the Affordable Care Act has overwhelmed some positive trends in insurance premiums, especially in the marketplace that affects most Minnesotans – employer-provided coverage. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Education Trust 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey, premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased only about 3 percent this year. […]

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    • November 20th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Survey Gives Good Marks to Minnesota’s Health System

      A comprehensive survey and accompanying news reports by Minnesota Public Radio News and its sister organization, American Public Media Research Lab, provide a fascinating look into the perceptions of Minnesotans on a range of issues, including health care. The survey interviewed 1,654 Minnesota residents in late August and early September. The survey found that Minnesotans […]

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    • November 12th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Mental Health Care Still Facing Challenges

      During the 2016 election season, HealthBasics asked Minnesota experts to identify some of the critical health issues facing the state. One issue that came up time and again was mental health care. Sheila Kiscaden, an Olmsted County commissioner and a former state senator, put it this way: “Minnesota’s mental and behavioral health services are in […]

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