Category Archives: Health Care Economics

A tale of two health plans, one far less costly


Compare and contrast the performance of Steinhafels Furniture and the State of Wisconsin in managing health costs. The Steinhafel family and Lynda Malmberg, senior human resources manager at the retail furniture and mattress chain, have… Read more

Walker shifts more health costs to business

Gov Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker The proposal by the Walker Administration to shift public employees to the health plans of employers in the private sector is petty lame. Gov. Walker has proposed a $2000-per year incentive to state employees to induce… Read more

Missing in campaign: debate on health cost management

The campaign for governor has come and is almost gone, and both Gov. Walker and challenger Mary Burke have managed to largely avoid the biggest economic issue in the state: out-of-control health costs. They have debated mightily over how many… Read more

Six health systems could make Wisconsin more competitive

Even as political candidates for this fall’s elections duck health costs as a major issue, payers continue to demand better value and providers continue to reorganize for improved outcomes. Even Obamacare, with all its defects, all its… Read more

Free UW chancellors to manage benefits

The faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) has received no general raises over the last five years, so it has become a target for poaching. The campus has lost 40 faculty members recently to competing institutions. Crippled… Read more

Why U.S. spends 17% of GDP on health care

A comparison of health costs between Europe, Canada and the U.S. by Sue Davis, chair of the political science department at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, surfaced a major insight on why other countries spend far less on care as a percentage… Read more

Unconditional political warfare in Wisconsin


You learn early on in physics courses that for every reaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So it seems in politics in Wisconsin these days. Or from the arena of war and peace, we have learned that unconditional victory can sow the… Read more

Deflation ahead for health costs?

deflating American flag shaped hot air balloon

It looks like the innovations in health care delivery at Serigraph continue to produce results. The company is now running 35% below its peer group nationally. Costs for a full health care plan, including administration and drugs, came in at… Read more

Corporate primary care grows fast

Bellin Health, a large health care provider in Green Bay, WIsconsin, has become a major innovator in the delivery of convenient and cost effective primary care. It partnered five years ago with ShopKo, a Green Bay-based department store chain, to… Read more

Hospital admissions dropping

Stay healthy, Save millions! That’s the mantra of many large corporations as they move into aggressive prevention, wellness and chronic disease management programs, often through on-site clinics. But how do you measure success? At Serigraph,… Read more