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June 6 2012
by Todd Hixon

Rebutting The Premise That Doctors Help Drive High Health Care Costs

Two of my recent posts* have addressed the drivers of high health care costs in the U.S. I’ve received a lot of comments, for which I’m grateful, as this is meant to be a conversation. Many of the comments have come from the medical community: doctors, heads of medical practice groups, the AMA, and service […]

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April 17 2012
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Costs: The Art Of The Practical

My last post argued that the escalation of health care cost is the root of the long term U.S. fiscal problem, and health care reform following the Massachusetts/ACA* model makes the problem worse. Recent analysis of health care spending in Mass in the five years since health care reform shows an acceleration of both spending […]

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April 5 2012
by Todd Hixon

The U.S. Does Not Have A Debt Problem … It Has A Health Care Cost Problem

That’s not my line, I took it from The Economist, but it’s a good one. If health care costs were under control, i.e. growing no faster than the economy, we could manage our debt. However, health care spending is growing at about 1.5x the rate of growth of GDP and is already close to 20% […]

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January 26 2012
by Scott Johnson

No Better Time, Ever, To Be An Entrepreneur

I am often asked “what is new and exciting” by pretty much anyone that knows what I do for a living. And it is a great question that I relish answering – usually. Of late, however, I have been responding in a way that needs polish. I will say “smartphones” or “Health IT” or “the […]

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January 11 2012
by Todd Hixon

The High Stakes Games Around Generic Lipitor

Last month Lipitor became a generic drug. Get used to saying “atorvastatin”, the generic name; it will be worth the effort. Lipitor is the greatest drug in history: $130 billion of cumulative revenue for Pfizer, and control of high cholesterol with minimal side effects for millions (currently 3 million in the U.S.). And, Lipitor is […]

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December 7 2011
by Todd Hixon

Consumer Driven Healthcare Proponents Finally Proven Wrong — NOT!

I’m commenting on a blog post by fellow Forbes.com contributor Rick Ungar: Consumer Driven Health Care Proponents Finally Proven Wrong. I am an advocate of consumer-driven health care, and I don’t agree with his conclusion. Rick cites the example of Grand Junction, Colorado, a community that has achieved low health care costs (Medicare spend about […]

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September 27 2011
by Todd Hixon

What the Political Crisis Means For Entrepreneurs

The recent downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt, and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe stem from a century-in-the-making political crisis, which is creating big economic uncertainty: inability to borrow could throw major countries into recession, and interest rates, tax rates, and government spending will see major change that is hard to predict. The crisis will […]

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June 17 2011
by Todd Hixon

Customer-Driven Health Care

We’ve made several health care related investments recently:  Qliance, Healthwarehouse, and Truveris.  Customer-driven health care is the theme that unifies them.  When customers (individuals and health plan payers) take charge, things change in good and important ways.  And customers are taking charge because the cost of health care has become unaffordable for everyone, even the […]

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April 19 2011
by Todd Hixon

How Entrepreneurs Can Help Fix Health Care

I’ve long thought that health care entrepreneurship was about finding new and better treatments for disease.  Most innovations offer new therapies or diagnostics, often at very high price points: e.g., drug-eluting coronary artery stents and erythropoietin (EPO), a bio-pharmaceutical that promotes blood cell production, were expensive, breakthrough capabilities that became major businesses. There is another […]

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January 24 2011
by John Backus

What’s your Rx for Health Care?

While we watch legislators attempt to repeal health care reform, I though it was about time I express my personal frustrations with the system, make some suggestions, and start a productive discussion about big opportunities for entrepreneurs. On Tuesday January 25, 2011 President Obama will give his State of the Union address and will no […]

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