Monday, February 21, 2011

UTHealth study suggests private insurers control health care spending better than Medicare

What's the difference between McAllen, Texas and El Paso, Texas (my hometown by the way)? UT Health Science researchers found that Medicare spends almost twice as much more per patient overall in McAllen than in El Paso.  But the study also found that BlueCrossBlueShield-TX spends about the same in both places.  In fact, BCBS-TX’s per-patient spending was actually slightly lower in El Paso.  What does that say about the government's ability to control health care costs compared with the private insurance? 

Click here for a link to the UT Health System announcement of the study.

Click here for a Heritage Foundation analysis of the study.

Click here for a report to health care executives about the study.

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