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Archive for September, 2007

Goozner on SCHIP

Merrill Goozner has an in-depth analysis of the political process regarding SCHIP. The article talks about how money saved from the repeal of Medicare Advantage program as well as an increase in the cigarette tax will be used to pay for SCHIP. Does repealing Medicare Advantage and renewing SCHIP pit seniors against children as Karen […]

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WSJ on the Dutch Health Care System

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal (“…Model For U.S. Health-Care System“) investigated recent reforms in the health care system in the Netherlands. New System in Town The new system has the following major characteristics: All individuals must be insured All individuals purchase health insurance on the private market Individuals can choose to get their health insurance […]

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Health Wonk Review

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review is up at The Doctor Is In website.

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Where does your PCP get their health care information

You walk into your doctors office hoping for a diagnosis to your most recent ailment.  The doctor runs some tests and leaves the room telling you he will return.  Ten minutes later, the doctor tells you that you have diabetes.  What was the doctor doing during the ten minutes?  Most likely, he was reviewing the […]

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No hip replacement for you, fatso!

Bob is a British citizen and is 50 years old. He has never been unemployed and has paid thousands of pounds in taxes into the NHS system. Up until now, he has been very healthy and has not had much need for the NHS system. Recently, however, Bob found out that he needed hip replacement […]

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Rock Star mortality

From The Economist (“Live fast, die young“): “Rock stars are famous for excess, and some pay the price. A new study suggests that they are up to three times more likely to die young than the rest of the population, mainly because of drug and alcohol abuse.” Click here to see a chart of the […]

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Optimal Contracts for Health Services in the Presence of Waiting Times and Asymmetric Information

Should hospitals with long waiting times have higher or lower budget transfers? Offering hospitals who have low wait times more money will increase a hospital’s incentives to decrease wait times. On the other hand, thus policy may hurt the busier hospitals and may not alleviate the wait times of those who are waiting the longest. […]

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