UTSW Class Material

Hello class! Please view below for materials pertaining to this year’s class and information from previous iterations of the Healthcare Economics elective.

Here is the powerpoint that Dr. Auerbach presented during the first two class sessions. Please review this as needed to inform yourself of the information that was presented during these initial sessions.

Session #3: 
Download the powerpoint here.

Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care
By Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll    Jan. 2, 2018
The New York Times
FYI — this is the main study mentioned in the article by Frakt and Carroll:
Factors Associated With Increases in US Health Care Spending, 1996-2013
Joseph L. Dieleman, PhD; Ellen Squires, MPH; Anthony L. Bui, MPH; et al
JAMA. November 7, 2017
(available at UTSW Library Web site)

Health care spending is more than just the parts you see
Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation
Feb 28, 2019
If his schedule allows, we will be joined for our pharmaceutical discussion by first year medical resident
Hussain Lalani, MD. The following is an article he wrote on the topic:
Doctors should know the cost of the drugs they prescribe, but most don’t
For “extra credit,” please give this question some thought. One way to contain cost in a market economy is to increase competition among providers of a service. The Department of Health and Human Services just announced that it wants to encourage selling health insurance “across state lines.” Is this a good idea? Do you foresee any problems?  ​

Information from previous iterations of the elective: 

Hey Class, below you’ll find links to content we want to discuss during our didactic time.  Please read or view the content prior to class so you can participate in the discussion.

View the Schedule here.

View the 2019 Course Description here.

Session # 1

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Republicans can repeal Obamacare. They can’t repeal the logic of health insurance.
Updated by Uwe Reinhardt Nov 23, 2016, 9:40am EST

The Heroism of Incremental Care
We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.
By Atul Gawande, The New Yorker JANUARY 23, 2017

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
By Atul Gawande, The New Yorker MAY 11, 2015

The Cost Conundrum
What a Texas town can teach us about health care.
By Atul Gawande, The New Yorker JUNE 1, 2009

Session # 2

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The Cost Conundrum
What a Texas town can teach us about health care.
By Atul Gawande, The New Yorker JUNE 1, 2009

Cost Consciousness in Patient Care — What Is Medical Education’s Responsibility?
By Molly Cooke, MD, NEJM April 8, 2010

Dr. Molly Cooke has some suggestions for promoting cost consciousness among physicians. Do you think that her proposals would have a significant impact on health care cost?

Squandering Medicare’s Money
By RITA F. REDBERG, The New York Times MAY 25, 2011

Dr. Redberg takes a different approach in “Squandering Medicare’s Money”. Do you think it would be successful?

How to Shave $1 Trillion Out of Health Care
By VICTOR R. FUCHS, The New York Times, MARCH 14, 2014

Session # 3

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Health Economics 101
By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, November 14, 2005

Limited Choices
By Regina Herzlinger, National Review, July 9 2009

Session # 4

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American Health Care Act Cost Estimate
Congressional Budget Office, March 13, 2017
CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law.

Compare Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act
Kaiser Family Foundation, March 20, 2017

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other?

Don’t Try to Fix Obamacare. Abolish It.
By Erick-Woods Erickson, The New York Times, March 15, 2017

The Republican health-care plan isn’t about health care at all
By Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post, March 9, 2017

Trumpcare: Fiction and Fact
By Steven Rattner, The New York Times, March 13, 2017