I was intending to do a post on health care today but no longer seem to have the time. I came across a great link on Free Exchange though so I thought I'd recommend a couple of posts from the Incidental Economist blog as background reading before I get into my own take on the issues. The first series is on cost, the second on quality. Both show the US doing poorly on most measures.
On the cost piece, I think underspending on home health care services is likely at least a partial contributor to higher costs elsewhere. Overall, I found the administration, red herrings, and underspending sections most interesting but I'd certainly recommend reading them all.
Starting this weekend I'll begin with a few posts trying to untangle what the problems with how we look at health care are and at how to fix this. I've been wanting to do some graph with longer run numbers but I'm not sure I've got the time to commit, these may or may not appear. I'd like something stretching back to before US health care costs diverge, which was before the 90s. If someone knows of an existing blog, or other data source that already does this I'd love to hear about it.