With everyone debating who should be footing the bill, Time Magazine explores why health care costs are so high in the first place. Medtronic says the medical device tax may not cost as much as it anticipated. A first-person account of a cochlear implant.
Medtronic May Have Exaggerated
This week Medtronic told analysts that the medical device tax may actually cost the device maker less than originally anticipated – to the tone of about half. Medtronic had predicted it would pay roughly $50 million to cover the cost of the tax during FY 2013. That number is down to $20 – 25 million based on current estimates. [Minneapolis Business Journal]
Life After a Cochlear Implant for a Person Born Deaf
A woman born deaf gives an account of her cochelear implant and how it changed her life. [Slate]
Why Medical Bills are Too Damn High
Why does health care cost so much? An examination of U.S. health care, and why the costs have been steadily rising disproportionally to the economy and isn't reflected in the outcomes [Time]