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23Nov, 2015

Free Trade in Healthcare?

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For the last few months, we in the US, have been witnessing the discussion on the national stage of The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) . The TTP is a 12 nation agreement lead by the US Government, and potentially a landmark deal for President Obama and his administration. This agreement, subject to Congressional approval, was negotiated between the US and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan – and have been negotiating the TTP Free Trade Agreement since […]

30Sep, 2015

Healthcare Transparency

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This week Florida Governor Rick Scott made headlines on the issue of healthcare transparency. The article that triggered this blog was published by “The News Service of Florida” and included an audio report . The issue of price transparency in healthcare has been a particular obsession of mine since the early 1990s, as I parachuted into healthcare operations. Imagine an engineer and commercial contractor having to deal with the effective collection rate for medical services with a net ranging in the 33 percentile of billed charges. It took a while […]