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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Diseases of despair” – health conditions some experts tie to the hopelessness that can accompany economic distress – are on the rise in Minnesota. The three leading diseases in the category are alcohol, prescription drug and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. “The alarm is growing louder year after year […]
Four years ago, ACT on Alzheimer’s, a voluntary Minnesota collaboration of more than 60 partner organizations, commissioned a study to evaluate potential cost-savings that could come from programs to support the caregivers and families of dementia patients. The issue isn’t just academic. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will […]
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” The quote – attributed to Winston Churchill – describes the evolution of the U.S. health system as well as any explanation. The way in which health care is delivered and financed in the U.S. has grown in fits […]
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, […]