Arbitrage and Healthcare

There are different types of arbitrage. defines one form as the "the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities or foreign exchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices." Imagine buying gold in Italy in euros and selling it at the same time in New York in dollars. Those differences are short-lived and have transaction costs. Millions of people doing this across different … Continue reading Arbitrage and Healthcare

January’s Healthcare Index

Inspired by the monthly Harper's Index, this is 2019's first index on healthcare and finance. The average ratio of Medicaid-to-Medicare payments spending across the US across all services: .72; In CA: .52. The factor by which commercial insurance payments exceed the reimbursements from Medicare: 1.88x The net assets of HCA, the largest publicly-traded hospital in the … Continue reading January’s Healthcare Index