Oct 17, 2019

The state of play in Germany's health care system

Photo: Bernd W├╝stneck/picture alliance/Getty Images

In Germany's health care system, even universal coverage paired with low out-of-pocket costs hasn't led to equitable health outcomes among rich and poor people, NPR reports with Kaiser Health News.

Why it matters: Medical care is only one component of a person's health. Social determinants of health are hugely important and factor strongly into a population's well-being. "Universal health care, in and of itself, may be a first step toward increasing a community's health, but it isn't a magical solution," writes KHN's Shefali Luthra.

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Employers are relying less on high-deductible health insurance plans

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Some employers are returning to offering traditional health insurance plans again, as opposed to relying solely on those with high deductibles, Kaiser Health News reports with NPR.

Driving the news: The percentage of companies offering high-deductible plans as the only coverage option is declining for the third year in a row in 2020, per a survey of large employers by the National Business Group on Health.

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The U.S. health care system is not the best in the world

Adapted from OECD Health at a Glance, 2019; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans pay the most for health care, by far, out of all developed countries. But we don't have much to show for it in terms of health outcomes or access to care, according to a new OECD report.

Why it matters: As we debate reforms to our health care system, it's worth remembering that the U.S. is an outlier compared to other countries, which have figured out how to get cheaper care without sacrificing quality.

Health Care Vitals: Boston

The Axios roundtable this past Wednesday in Cambridge. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

On Wednesday, Axios' Sam Baker hosted an Expert Voices Live roundtable in Cambridge, MA on health care access and affordability in the state.

Local leaders in academia, community health and health tech discussed the challenges of an increasingly fragmented health care industry, the importance of integrating dental and medical education, and the shared goal of reaching low-access communities.

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