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
    • February 28th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Presidential campaigns leaving public divided, ill-informed on health policy

      The presidential primary campaigns are revealing Americans’ deep divide on the future direction of health care policy. According to the well-regarded, non-partisan February “Health Tracking Poll” sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “50 percent of Americans say they favor the idea of having guaranteed health insurance coverage in which all Americans would get their insurance […]

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    • February 22nd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Controlling Health Costs: Four Principles

      The Rising Cost of Health Care: A Minnesota HealthBasics Three-Part Report Sometimes the steady increase in health costs feels like the frog in a pot of water. The frog doesn’t notice gradual increases in the water’s temperature until it’s too late. In 1990, Minnesota spent about 11.5 percent of its general operating fund on health programs. […]

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    • February 15th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      What’s Driving the Cost of Health Care?

      The Rising Cost of Health Care: A Minnesota HealthBasics Three-Part Report Remember the parable of the five blind men each describing an elephant by the body part he was holding? That’s the challenge the nation faces in controlling health costs. Problems and solutions often are defined by narrow perspectives. Take a step back and get a […]

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    • February 8th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Fact vs Fiction: Exploring Myths about the Cost of Health

      The Rising Cost of Health Care: A Minnesota HealthBasics Three-Part Report Russell B. Long, the legendary chair of the powerful U.S. Senate Finance Committee, once described how many people approached tax reform: “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!” Most of us agree health reform is necessary, but we want health […]

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    • February 1st   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Three solutions to rising drug costs

      The cost of prescription drugs may have been part of presidential politics under any circumstances. But Martin Shkreli guaranteed that the issue would be part of candidate conversations and headlines. Shkreli is a hedge fund manager and the CEO and founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Shortly after Turing acquired the rights to manufacture and sell Daraprim, […]

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    • January 19th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      The Pros and Cons of a Single-Payer System

      The state of U.S. health care can be a tough pill to swallow for many Americans. It often is complicated and confusing to many. And, while significant gains have been made in providing access, many Minnesotans and others around the country remain uninsured. According to HealthBasics research, a majority of Minnesotans believe that everyone should […]

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    • December 21st   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Do Minnesotans get a health care bargain?

      When President Obama was pushing for health care reform in 2009, he held up the city of Rochester as a model for low-cost, high-quality health care. It turns out he may only have been half right. Minnesota long has been recognized for delivering high quality care and often wins praise for its cost control efforts. […]

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    • December 7th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      The three factors that determine health care premiums

      By Rich Sykora Insurance premiums are not the cost of health care. Premiums are what insurers charge to cover expected increases in the underlying cost of receiving care and other factors. When insurers increase premiums, they are accounting for the increasing cost of health care, not causing it. About 85 percent of premium dollars are […]

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    • November 23rd   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Five ways to improve health care, according to Minnesotans

      What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about health care in Minnesota? That’s the question we posed in HealthBasics forums across Minnesota. The result is a word cloud showing the most frequent responses (See the word cloud here). Not surprisingly, “quality” and “expensive” lead the most common responses. But dig a […]

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    • November 15th   |   PERSPECTIVES

      Educating Health Care Consumers

      By Britt Johnsen, Trig At a time when health care costs are wreaking havoc on companies’ bottom lines and individuals’ pocketbooks, many businesses are educating employees on the complexities of health care to save money, improve care and reduce waste and error. According to a 2012 Institute of Medicine report, Americans spent a total of […]

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