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The Democratic primary has almost exclusively focused on the demand side of America’s health care problems to the determined of other solutions to bring down costs and increase accessibility. On the supply side of the equation, various barriers to competition are responsible for driving prices up. Burdensome licensing and scope of practice rules limit the number of providers. Drug evergreening allows drug companies to vastly extend the life of their patent monopolies by making minor changes. Hospitals often box out competitors from entering their regions. To refocus the debate Brink Lindsey makes the case on Bloggingheads that the supply rather than the demand side should be the focus of our debate.
In rural areas, a lack of obstetricians has forced family doctors to serve that role. We should ensure that family doctors have the scope of practice to safely and legally perform those operations they are often already doing.
The American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy are teaming up to review current accountancy standards.
Here are two research papers examining prescription habits. First, doctors tend to prescribe more opioids when they are under time crunch. Second, providing Italian doctors with better information improved their prescriptions for statin.