Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Upshot Supported by The New Health Care The intuitive appeal of such a system is growing, and it’s getting a test in Maryland. ByAustin Frakt April 16, 2018 If you wanted to get control of your household spending, you’d set a budget and spend no more than it allowed. You might wonder why we don’t just do the same for spending on American health care. Though government budgets are different from household budgets, the idea of putting a firm limit on health care spending is far from unknown. Many countries, including Canada, Switzerland and Britain, pay hospitals entirely or partly this way. Under such a capped system, called global budgeting, a hospital has an incentive to deliver less care — including reducing hospital admissions — and to increase the efficiency of the care it does deliver. Capping hospital … [Read more...] about Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget?
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Last Updated Nov 10, 2009 9:29 AM EST "There's always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in," wrote Graham Greene. For 24-year-old Molly Laurain, a junior project manager at a New York City real estate development firm, there were likely at least 10 such moments: By the time she was 18, her family had lived in nine apartments and one house in her native Chicago, where her mother, a realtor, "would find something, buy it, gut it, and sell it," recalls Laurain. "I really know what it's like to buy something really cheap, take the ugly stuff out, and sell it for a profit." She got her own Illinois real estate license during her junior year at Fordham University in New York, and was planning to move back to Chicago to work for her mother after her graduation in 2007. But the faltering real estate market dashed those plans. "A couple of weeks before I graduated, my mother said, 'I don't know what you're going to do. I'm not really busy,'" says Laurain … [Read more...] about Your 20s: Finding a Job, Setting a Budget
Often one of the most expensive renovation projects a home owner can take on, remodeling your kitchen can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but creative and well-informed renovators can cut many costs without sacrificing style.Planning ahead and setting priorities are crucial for remodeling on a budget.When working with contractors, delays caused by changing plans mid-project can add thousands of dollars to the final cost, and unknown issues with structural integrity, electrical wiring, ventilation or plumbing can eat up money meant for aesthetic improvements. While cabinets and countertops are visually pleasing, they are often the most expensive part of kitchen renovations, accounting for nearly 40% of the cost of an average remodeling, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association.Better working, stylish appliances, which typically account for only 14% of an average renovation, will not only improve the aesthetics of a kitchen, but the overall functionality as well. The … [Read more...] about A few tricks for rebooting your kitchen on a budget
If you've never followed a budget before, you're not alone. Most Americans don't have a personal budget in place despite the fact that it's one of the easiest ways to track your spending and help you meet your savings goals.Of course, one reason why so many people resist budgeting is that they're intimidated by the idea of setting one up. But actually, you don't need to be a financial expert to create a budget. All you really need to do is list your fixed and variable monthly expenses, compare them to your net income, and see if that leaves you enough room to save money each month. To help you get started on your budget, here are six easy steps you can follow.Many of us have expenses that stay the same month after month. These might include your:Start by listing these items on a spreadsheet along with their respective costs. This should be fairly easy to look up, as all you'll need to do is consult your most recent bill or statement.Expenses that fluctuate from month to month are a … [Read more...] about 6 steps to creating a budget
Paul Kane, The Washington Post Published 5:26 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Al Drago Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Trump, center left, greets former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, center, as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., second right, holds a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday. less President Trump, center left, greets former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, center, as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., second right, holds a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Capitol on ... more Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Al Drago Congress honors a master Senate dealmaker amid a budget impasse 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - A couple days before Christmas 1995, then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole grew fed up with his … [Read more...] about Congress honors a master Senate dealmaker amid a budget impasse