Bob Graboyes talks with Pradheep Shanker about COVID-19 predictions and outcomes, pandemic politics, how to prepare for the next virus and more. Read the transcript at Discourse.Read More »
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Good morning, Chairs Sanborn and Tepler and members of the committee. I am delighted to testify on Maine’s proposed healthcare legislation—LD 1194 and LD 1007. My name is Robert Graboyes, and I am a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where my work focuses on how America can make healthcare as innovative in the next 30 years as information technology was in the past 30 years.
In commenting on these two bills (and others), I offer the following takeaways:
LD 1194 and LD 1007 open multiple pathways for saving lives and improving health.
Reimbursement methodologies will be a significant challenge for policymakers going forward.
Increased options will reduce costs, but that doesn’t guarantee lower spending on healthcare.
How patients and providers will
Telemedicine could be a gamechanger for the entire continent. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
In their second conversation, Robert Graboyes and Temple Grandin discuss mathematics, visual thinking, innovation, education and more. Read the transcript at Discourse.Read More »
Telemedicine Is Evolving Rapidly; Legal Definitions and Reimbursement Methods Need to Evolve with ItApril 12, 2021
Good afternoon, Chair Fields, Vice Chair Ginal, and members of the committee. I am grateful for the invitation to testify on Colorado’s proposed telemedicine legislation (HB21-1190). My name is Robert Graboyes, and I am a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where my work focuses on the question of how America can make healthcare as innovative in the next 30 years as information technology was in the past 30 years.
In commenting on HB21-1190, I offer the following takeaways:
Telemedicine will lower costs and reach underserved communities. Telemedicine is poised to provide better health for more people at lower cost, year after year, particularly for communities that are currently underserved. This is especially true following the enormous increase in
How a biotech startup and a new restaurant survived the year of the pandemic. Read more at Discourse.Read More »
The COVID-driven telehealth explosion has led to some instances of fraud, but the market will iron those out in the long run, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Arizona is at the forefront of regulatory openness and innovation in health care. A new telehealth bill is the latest example of this trend. Other states would do well to follow Arizona’s lead. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Robert Graboyes discusses the future of healthcare policy in America and the need to focus more on the supply side. Listen on Soundcloud.Read More »
Good afternoon Chair Osbourne, Vice Chair Cobb, and members of the Committee on Health and Human Services. I am grateful for the invitation to testify on Arizona’s proposed telehealth legislation (HB 2454). My name is Robert Graboyes, and I am a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where my work focuses on the question of how America can make healthcare as innovative in the next 30 years as information technology was in the past 30 years.
Today, I offer the following takeaways:
Telehealth stands poised to provide better health for more people at lower cost, year after year, particularly for communities that are currently underserved.
Flexibility in reimbursement and other features are essential for America to take advantage of the benefits of
Robert Graboyes recommends the 2010 HBO film "Temple Grandin," which chronicles the struggles and successes of one of the world’s great entrepreneurs. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Supreme Court confirmation fights have become far too heated, but a written, bipartisan compact could help lower the temperature. Read more at The Hill.Read More »
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, but Medicare for All isn’t on the horizon quite yet. Right now, what our healthcare system needs most is to focus less on who pays and more on increasing quality and efficiency. Listen on Soundcloud.Read More »
Why is America so divided? Robert Graboyes identifies four major factors driving partisan rage. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Government price-fixing isn’t the quick solution to high drug prices that its Pennsylvanian proponents imagine it to be. Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Read More »
Science is a helpful tool, but it never "tells" us to do anything. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
When Henry G. Stern, the author of InsureBlog, died earlier this month, the internet lost a unique voice, and Robert Graboyes lost a friend. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Much electronic ink already has been spilled since the passing on Friday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And while some of the comments and the commentary, from both the left and right, have been inspiring, much of what’s been posted—from social media to mainstream media—has not done justice to what Justice Ginsburg lived and stood for.
Last week, in my syndicated newspaper column, I urged civility and respect for, or at least quiet tolerance of, those whose politics differ from one’s own. This year is part of a dyspeptic stretch in American political life, with profound deficits of humanity and humility across the political spectrum. It’s easy to point fingers at professional politicians, but the blame lies as much with ordinary citizens, who elect those politicians and
For those overwhelmed by online rage, Facebook’s "mute" function can work wonders. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
The pandemic is a tragedy, but it has spurred some much needed innovation in American health care. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Robert Graboyes reflects on the lockdown’s devastating economic and human consequences and the dangers of remaining aloof. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
With college classes moving online, Robert Graboyes offers a few lessons in audience engagement from comedian (and television pioneer) Ernie Kovacs. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Policy makers are forced to make an impossible decision: end the lockdown and let COVID-19 deaths spike, or continue the lockdown and let people die from other causes. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
COVID-19 is giving Americans a "great pause" and a taste of environmental recovery, but Robert Graboyes urges readers not to ignore the benefits of our advanced economy. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
As coronavirus rages, Robert Graboyes considers times in the past when the government committed atrocities in the name of public health. Read more at InsideSources.Read More »
Robert F. Graboyes writes about the future of telehealth. Read more at Inside Sources.Read More »
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, as the story goes, was asked what would determine the course of his government’s actions. His response? “Events, dear boy. Events.”
Whether or not Macmillan actually said those words is disputed. What is not in dispute is that COVID-19 has made 2020 the Year of Events. The world that existed in late 2019 is gone and shall not pass this way again.
“Look for the silver lining, whene’er a cloud appears in the sky,” begins a celebrated track by singer/trumpeter Chet Baker, much of whose life was shrouded in dark clouds. For some of us—the lucky ones—the plague’s silver lining is a chance to slow down and think; to appreciate the gifts we have and to ponder where we go from here.
It’s my great fortune that someone pays me to think about the future. Just
On Friday, April 3, at 11:53 pm, I lay in bed, and my cellphone buzzed. A treasured friend from elementary school had a question on the dynamics of a pandemic. The question warranted some deep thought, so I stared at the darkened ceiling for a while, searching for a suitable answer. Her question was sparked by some comments from my Mercatus colleague, Chuck Blahous, that I had posted on Facebook. Chuck had noted that the US COVID-19 mortality rate was inexplicably low compared with many other countries: 2.95 percent, as opposed to 12.75 percent for Italy, 9.75 percent for Spain, and 9.93 percent for the Netherlands.
Chuck said, “it’s clear that there are many other countries whose healthcare systems lack the adaptability, supplies, and resources to handle a crisis.” He hedged his
Two short weeks and several lifetimes ago, our world was a simpler place. In seven years at the Mercatus Center, my work has focused on one question: “how do we bring better health to more people at lower cost, year after year?” The answer, scattered across hundreds of papers, essays, speeches, and interviews, has been: stop obsessing over the particulars of health insurance and start sweeping away healthcare’s bureaucratic and self-indulgent barriers to innovation as rapidly as possible.
Proposals have included speeding up FDA procedures, scrapping certificate-of-need regulations, relaxing professional licensure requirements, jump-starting telemedicine, borrowing lean manufacturing from automakers, and imitating the raucous experimentation of information technology.
Until two or three
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, we’ve asked some of our scholars to share the books that have been most influential or formative in the development of their analytical approach and worldview.
From existential engineering to the Salem witch trials to Argentine magical realism, our scholars have drawn inspiration from diverse and dramatic wellsprings of intellectual thought.
Read on for more about why and how the books we will discuss have influenced our scholars’ approaches to policy and philosophy, and what lessons other readers may draw from these works.
These five books profoundly influenced my thinking, teaching, and writing. In very different ways, each celebrates individualism and scorns centralized decision-making.