Blue Cross Demands Monopolistic Deals with Hospitals, and Other Links

Georgia Blue Cross to hospitals: Don’t even think about giving another insurer a better deal.

Posner: We’re in a depression.

Lawyers can’t take a contingency fee in divorce cases, but you can. My advice: make sure the divorcing couple is rich.

Failure to communicate: Less than half (48%) “of patients say they were always involved in decisions about their treatment, and 29% of patients don’t know who was in charge of their case while they were in the hospital.”

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  1. Brian Williams. says:

    The Blue Cross story seems like a matter of reading the fine print in the contract. If the hospitals don’t like the “most favored customer” clause, then don’t sign the contract.

  2. Bruce says:

    Can I invest is Angelina and Brad?

  3. Joe S. says:

    You can’t invest unless one of the two parties needs money for legal expenses. Both Angelina and Brad have lots of money in their own right — so no problem. There ought to be a futures market in these things, however, so that people can bet on how long the marriage will last. Something like Intratrade.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    The Becker / Posner article was interesting. It explained an uptick in unemployment claims is often a sign of recovery when people who previously were so discouraged by the job market they stopped looking for work sensed a recovery and renewed their job search.

  5. Vicki says:

    I have no trouble believing that there is often a failure to communicate.

  6. Neil H. says:

    Posner is probably right about this being a depression. But nobody else wants to say it.

  7. It is so important for patients to ask questions and speak up. So many just go by whatever the doctor tells them, having tests ran that are not necessary, yet costly!