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Archive for October, 2008

Happiness and body image

Many Americans are dissatisfied with how they look.  They want to be thinner or have bigger muscles or have larger breasts or have fuller lips.  The diet industry, the plastic surgery industry, the fitness industry all make money because people are dissatisfied with how they look.  How can you be happy with your looks? As […]

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Health Wonk Review is posted

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review is up at David Harlow’s HealthBlawg.

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How does managed care affect physician incentives to reduce care?

Patients generally believe that managed care systems are put in place to restrict their access to care.  Many patients believe that physicians who receive capitation compensation will provide less care to their patients than physicians who are paid on a fee-for-service basis.  A paper by Fang and Rizzo (2008) investigates whether or not this is really they […]

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Quotation of the Day

“Nothing is more permanent than a temporary program.” David Frum, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, as stated on Marketplace, 29 Oct 2008.

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Health Care Expenditures in 2040

According to Health Affairs, the U.S. spent 16.0% of GDP on health expenditures in 2006.  What will we be spending on health care in 2040? Robert Fogel takes a stab at answering this question.  He claims that by 2040, the U.S. will spend 29% of GDP on health care in 2040.   There are four […]

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Blogged.com likes the Healthcare Economist

The Healthcare Economist received a “Very Good” rating of 7.7 according to Blogged.com.

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Is the newspaper dead? Christian Science Monitor: Exhibit A

The Christian Science Monitor has decided that from now on it will only be publishing online.

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Apple donates $100,000 to support gay marriage…why?

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Apple has donated $100,000 for the No on Prop 8 campaign.  Proposition 8 is a California referendum that aims to pass the “Marriage Protection Act” which would outlaw gay marriage.  Apple may gain some customers who approve of gay marriage, but most people won’t buy a computer just because Apple […]

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UC San Diego Job Market Candidates

The UC San Diego Department of Economics has posted this year’s list of Job Market Candidates.  Included in the list is your favorite healthcare economist, Jason Shafrin.

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Cost to bring a drug to market: Is it really $802m?

In April 2006, I reviewed a well-known article which stated that the cost to bring a pharmaceutical to market was $802 million.  This included the the cost R&D, clinical trials, failed drugs, and the cost of capial.  The estimate was from DiMasi, Hansen and Grabowski (2003).  The $802m figure was an updated from DiMasi, Hansen, […]

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