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Health care is the largest industry in the United States and is likely to grow even more. In almost every community, health care will play some role in economic development. It may be the dominant employer and source of economic growth or a minor part of the local economic picture. Regardless, communities should actively plan and consider the economic role of health care.

2020 Government Planning

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite” 20190211
“…with more or less government involvement…competition is a valuable tool that can drive health care toward greater value.”

10 Things to know about your new Medicare card” 2018 April NYT

Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, for Health Spending Increases.” 20170123 NYT
“…higher health care spending by older patients has more to do with their proximity to death than with their age.”

Price Transparency Is Nice. Just Don’t Expect It ti Cut Health Costs.” 20161219 NYT
“…lack of price transparency in health care has been cited as one of the reasons we spend too much on it. It’s easy to overpay. … there is no established relationship with quality.

Surprise! Insurance Paid the E.R. but Not the Doctor” 20161116 NYT
A recent study found more than 20% of emergency patients are in this situation.

HSAs Offer Tax Benefits Beyond 401(k)s” 20160130 WSJ
“The biggest payoff…comes when the money set aside isn’t all used for current medical bills…”

20150626.Supreme Court upholds subsidies

U.S. Census Bureau Issues Report on Health Insurance Coverage.

20131107-Health Care Insurance Enrollment Questions & Challenges

20130918-Employers, ACA Notices are required by September 30, 2013

“Looking Beyond Long-Term Care” 20130215WSJ
A discussion of continuing – care retirement communities.

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