Health care costs (81 - 90 of 138 items)
Medicaid: Disproportionate Share Policy
HRD-93-3R: Published: Dec 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Medicaid disproportionate share program, focusing on: (1) how states designate disproportionate share hospitals and formula used to reimburse the hospitals; (2) the impact of charity care on state disproportionate share formula; and (3) Texas' experience with the program. GAO found that: (1) states have a significant amount of control over whic...
Emergency Departments: Unevenly Affected by Growth and Change in Patient Use
HRD-93-4: Published: Jan 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about conditions that affected access to and use of hospital emergency departments (ED), focusing on: (1) changes in patients' use of ED; (2) the different sources of payments for ED services; and (3) ED timeliness in providing patient care.GAO found that: (1) ED visits have increased nationwide by more than 19 percent between 1985 and...
Medicare: Millions in End-Stage Renal Disease Expenditures Shifted to Employer Health Plans
HRD-93-31: Published: Dec 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the effects of extending the coverage time for which employer-provided group health plans would be expected to pay medical expense claims of beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), focusing on: (1) the number and geographic distribution of such beneficiaries; (2) annual Medicare savings; (3) the effect of the extension on employment ba...
Removal of Breast Implants
HRD-93-5R: Published: Dec 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed government and private insurers' payment practices related to the removal of breast implants, focusing on: (1) the number of surgical procedures that involved the removal of breast implants and other complications of breast implants; and (2) physician charges and Medicaid and Medicare payments for such procedures. GAO noted that: (1) most governmen...
Health Care Reform
OCG-93-8TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized federal policy and management issues relating to health care reform.GAO noted that: (1) the new administration faces the challenge of finding a better way to manage and finance the U.S. health care system while preserving high-quality innovative medical care; (2) the United States has the highest health care system costs in the industrialized wor...
Employer-Based Health Insurance: High Costs, Wide Variation Threaten System
HRD-92-125: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on business health insurance cost burdens and employers that are particularly vulnerable to the escalation of health insurance costs, focusing on: (1) various employers' health benefits costs; and (2) factors contributing to the cost differences among employers.GAO found that: (1) from 1987 to 1990, business health spending has grown at...
Health Care: Problems and Potential Lessons for Reform
T-HRD-92-23: Published: Mar 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1992.
GAO discussed the U.S. health care system's problems and potential for reform. GAO noted that: (1) there is a growing consensus that the health care system needs change, particularly to address rapidly growing health care costs and access to care problems; (2) between 1980 and 1990, health care costs rose from 9.1 to 12.2 percent of the gross national product, and is projected to increase to over...
Canadian Health Insurance
HRD-92-20R: Published: Feb 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1992.
In response to a congressional request, GAO responded to a January 1992 briefing paper that criticized an earlier GAO report on Canadian health insurance claiming that GAO overstated administrative savings and understated the additional costs of adopting a Canadian-style health insurance system. GAO noted that: (1) estimates in its report and the briefing paper were not comparable because of the d...
Health Care Spending Control: The Experience of France, Germany, and Japan
T-HRD-92-12: Published: Nov 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the health care systems in France, Germany, and Japan. GAO noted that: (1) France, Germany, and Japan provide universal access to health insurance while spending less on health care than the United States; (2) under the U.S. and the three countries' health care systems, multiple payers provide health insurance, people typically get health insurance for themselves and their dependents...
Controle Des Depenses De Sante: L'Experience de l'Allemagne, de la France et du Japon
HRD-92-9ES-F: Published: Nov 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed aspects of the health care systems of France, Germany, and Japan, focusing on: (1) their methods of providing universal coverage through their health insurance and financing systems; (2) their policies for controlling increases in health care spending; and (3) the effectiveness of those policies.GAO found that: (1) in France, Germany, Japan, and th...