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Archive for January, 2008

Medical Errors

A Healthy Blog has an interesting post (“Stories of Harm“) giving patient video testimonies regarding their experience with medical errors and how it has impacted their life. The Consumer Health Quality Council is a group of Massachusetts patients who have been harmed by medical errors and they are calling for reform within the health care […]

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Public health officials save lives. Public health officials kill.

I recently finished reading a very satisfying book titled The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. The book looks at how London was able to solve the cholera epidemic which struck the city in the mid-nineteenth century. The book chronicles how John Snow and Henry Whitehead were able to discover that cholera is transmitted from drinking […]

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Singapore’s Health Care system

Bryan Caplan of EconLog has an interesting blog post on Singapore’s Health Care System. In the post, he reviews Ghesquiere’s “Singapore’s Success,” analyzing Singapore’s health care system. Harford finds that Singapore spends a third of what the U.S. does on health care (as a percentage of GDP) yet has better health indicators. Of course, much […]

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Economics of “Pay or Play” Mandates

Many of the Democratic candidates support having employers provide insurance for their employees with the threat of a fine or tax if an employer decides not to comply. This of course will increase the cost of an employee for firms. If employees truly value the health insurance, then the cost of insurance can be passed […]

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Health Wonk Review posted

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review has been posted at Robert Laszewski’s  Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review.

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Gallup Polls vs. Actual Voting Results

Barack Obama wins Iowa and is predicted to win New Hampshire according to Gallup polls.  Then Hillary Clinton wins New Hampshire.  Why were Gallup poll predictions wrong? The Statistical Modeling blog tries to make sense of this in their post “What was going on with the New Hampshire polls?”  The post gives three reasons why […]

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Guide to the Republican Candidates

So you’re a Republican and you don’t know who to vote for. Which of the Republican candidates has the best plan for health care reform? This is what I will discuss today. If you are a Democrat, please read my “Guide to the Democratic Candidates” yesterday. Similarities Almost all the Republican candidate are in agreement […]

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Guide to the Democratic Candidates

So you’re a Democrat and you don’t know who to vote for. Which of the Democratic candidates has the best plan for health care reform? This is what I will discuss today. If you are a Republican, please read my “Guide to the Republican Candidates” tomorrow. Similarities All of the Democratic candidates support the following […]

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A Study in Quality: Ambulatory Surgery Centers vs. Hospital Outpatient Departments

There has been a recent trend for more and more surgeries to take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). In fact according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, in 2004 up to 70% of surgeries took place in these ASCs. Do ASCs offer better quality surgical procedures than Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPD)? ASCs may be […]

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PE Requirements and Overweight Youth

Do state physical education (PE) requirement help to decrease the percentage of children and teens who are overweight? This is the question Cawley, Meyerhoefer and Newhouse investigate in their 2007 Health Economics paper. One would certainly not be surprised if PE requirements decrease the prevalence of obesity, but this may not be correct.  PE requirements […]

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