The 3% reduction in health care spending came almost entirely from utilization. For providers it was business-as-usual; they put up prices ~5%, as the chart shows. If utilization had grown in line with U.S. population growth of 1%/year, overall spending would have risen ~6%, 4% faster than inflation, close to the long-term trend.

Also check out their really neat chart.

Health Care Prices Outpace Inflation In A Weak Economy - Forbes

From President Barack Obama’s overhaul law to GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s privatization plan for future Medicare recipients, there’s something about health care legislation that makes it a breeding ground for wild allegations.

This is why it’s so hard for any significant improvements to be made.

The Associated Press: SPIN METER: Political ads stir health care horror

Unknown to most consumers, many hospitals and physicians offer steep discounts for cash-paying patients regardless of income. But there’s a catch: Typically you can get the lowest price only if you don’t use your health insurance.

What purpose is this serving? Why do hospitals and physicians do this? and why do insurance companies allow it?

Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills - latimes.com

Nearly 250 cases have been reported this year to poison control centers. Though they remain a tiny fraction of the thousands of poisoning calls received every year, doctors are concerned. The symptoms they see in connection with ingesting the packets — such as nausea and breathing problems — are more severe than typical detergent poisoning.

Should these products be banned? Or should it be up to the parents to decide wether they are a risk to their children?

Doctors report rise in kids eating detergent packets - Chicago Sun-Times

This study is the first to quantify resident surgeon fatigue and its predicted risk for error," said study co-author Dr. Frank McCormick, of Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program and Massachusetts General Hospital. "Fatigue levels were higher than anticipated, especially on the night float rotation.

What are the implication for patients? What are the implications for the community?

Sleepy Surgeons: New Study Shines Light On Risks Of Surgeon Fatigue