John Hood: Lowering the cost of health care, not just the price – Salisbury Post

John Hood: Lowering the cost of health care, not just the price - Salisbury Post

By John Hood

RALEIGH – Too many North Carolinians do not have access to the medical services they need. A possible answer, as we have heard over and over since more over a decade, would expand Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Health Care Act, with most of the spending borne by the (already heavily indebted) federal government.

This is not the only possible answer, however. Through its own regulations, North Carolina limits the availability of medical services and, therefore, inflates the cost of these services. Rather than looking for ways to redistribute this inflated cost to taxpayers, state policymakers should try to deflate it.

In a recent column on higher education, I emphasized the distinction between price and cost. If we say that the average university education is too expensive, which it sure does, you …

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