Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quick Links: WaiverMania, Transparency, Licensing

HotAir notes that, "ObamaCare waivers soar past 1,000".

And CNBC reports that the state of Maine is getting a waiver!

On the more positive side, economist/blogger Mark Perry describes a "fundamental shift" for some hospitals now providing more transparent pricing.

This information will be especially helpful for patients with HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) seeking the best value for their money. I hope this trend spreads outside of Michigan! (Link via Kelly V.)

Brian Schwartz at PatientPower links to this Boulder Daily Camera piece opposing licensure requirements for naturopathic doctors.

Those arguments would apply equally well to eliminating government licensing of MDs, as elaborated in more detail by Professor Shirley Svorny in this 2008 paper, "Medical Licensing: An Obstacle to Affordable, Quality Care".