In the latest blow to fee-for-service medicine, the nation’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually — about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay — on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy.
Americans tend to score poorly on financial literacy tests, but it's not entirely their fault: School systems don't generally require personal finance classes, and many parents feel ill-equipped to pass on big lessons about spending, saving and investing to their kids.
While most high school students still plan to go the traditional route
of attending four-year colleges and universities when they consider
educational options after graduation, a significant number say they are
open to the idea of attending community colleges and technical schools.