BaseCase

Let’s say that you’re interested in running a Markov model, but are not mathematically savvy.  Gijs Hubben has come up with a solution in his Basecase website.  The online software allows you to customize the drug costs, medical assessment and procedure costs associated with the disease.  If available, you can use other academic models as…

Swine Flu Update: Thursday

U.S. School Closures, Online Learning Fort Worth closes Schools.   Nearly 300 schools close. October 2006: Ohio proposes online learning as  a substitute for classroom learning during a flu pandemic.  Did these proposals actually get implemented? San Mateo County poses using the website Moodle for online learning during flu pandemics. Marketplace, however, says that the…

The Economics of Free Surgical Masks

El Universal reports that Mexican police have arrested 13 individuals accused of selling surgical masks on the street.  Should the government arrest individuals selling surgical masks? Any capitalist would in general support the ability of individuals to trade cash for the goods they desire.  However, the case of the surgical mask may be different.  Surgical…

Should health care providers be compelled to work during declared public health emergencies?

Carl Coleman say no.   Working during a pandemic is a supererogatory behavior — i.e., acts that are commendable if done voluntarily, but that go beyond what is expected.  Coleman argues that “…while health care professionals can legitimately be sanctioned for violating voluntarily-assumed employment or contractual agreements, they should not be compelled to assume life-threatening risks…