Women with a Partner Gain Weight

Most women gain weight after marriage.  However, this may not just be do to having a child. The New York Times reports on a recent study by Annette Dobson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  They find that “[a]fter adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20…

How to Assess Quality of Care

Avedis Donabedian has a revealing article regarding how to assess quality in the medical profession.  His 1988 JAMA and 2005 Milbank Quarterly articles include the following important points: Physician quality is not only technical.  Interpersonal skills are also important.  The patient must communicate information to the physician and the physician must provide information to the…

Eligibility Requirement for California Government Health Insurance Programs

The California HealthCare Foundation has an almanac entry on Children’s Health Coverage Facts and Figures.  Eligibility requirements for these programs is described in this table.  Other key findings include: The proportion of children without health insurance continued to decline through 2007, though the pace of improvement has slowed. Nearly 80 percent of California’s uninsured children…

A weekend of links

Military Health Care: private (for contractors) vs. public (for enlisted) The end of ‘pay for delay‘ Why does small business oppose the current health care reforms? A cadillac tax…unless you’re in a union. People with schizophrenia in developing countries fare better than those living in industrialized nations. Ouch.