Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Archive for March, 2010

Explaining government crowd-out with March Madness

While watching the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I’ve noticed a large number of ads for the 2010 Census.  Is this a good investment of tax dollars?  What is the marginal increase in the number of Census responses for each ad?  How much does the government value one additional Census response?  How much should it value […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Match Day

Today is “Match Day.”  The Match Day proceedings will determine not only where graduating students will work after medical school, but also what kind of doctors they will become.  What will work life be like for these students? If they were to enter a residency 20 years ago, they may have worked 120 hours per […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Health Wonk Review: March Madness Edition

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review has a NCAA basketball theme and is posted at the Reform Galaxy Blog.

Read the rest of this entry »

Should chronically ill patients be treated in the hospital setting?

Over the course of the past decade, there has been a trend to move more and  more treatment of chronically ill individuals outside the hospital and into ambulatory care.  There is good reason for this. Ambulatory care is much less expensive than hospital care.  In fact, the goal of treating patients more regularly in the […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Links

Health tourism in Germany & hospital privatization in Poland. Private insurer’s enrollee turnover makes preventive care a poor investment. Don’t blame the insurance companies. Tyler Cowen on Managed Care. The ‘12 cent problem.’ No change in the share of Medicare costs for end-of-life care. The medicalization of life.

Read the rest of this entry »

The High Cost of Growing Older

In America, your health care expenses are taken care of when you get older…right?  We have Medicare after all…shouldn’t that pay for all my healthcare expenses? Not according to a recent article from Yahoo! Finance.  Here are some of the health care costs retirees face: Part B Premiums: For most people retiring in 2010, the […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Should the government subsidize Green Jobs?

The Economist has a debate between Van Jones and Andrew P. Morriss on the value of subsidizing green jobs.  Mr. Jones is the author of the book, “The Green-Collar Economy”and Mr. Morriss is a professor of law at the University of Illinois.  Some highlights: Mr. Jones: The markets for new energy sources are being strangled […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Does spending improve outcomes?

From a paper by Weinstein and Skinner (NEJM 2010): “Moreover, there is considerable variation in health care expenditures and a weak or even negative association between spending and outcomes, such as mortality at the regional level and quality measures at the state level. This evidence has been interpreted to mean that cutting back on these […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Comparative Effectiveness vs. Cost Effectiveness Research

Comparative Effectiveness has been a hot topic in health services research. According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorizes the expenditure of $1.1 billion to conduct research comparing ‘clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to […]

Read the rest of this entry »

100th Edition of the CoR plus other links

Russell Hutchinson presents the 100th edition of the Cavalcade of Risk. Here are some other links of interest German Ministry of Health considers a 20-30% cut in hospital beds. Best and worst health reform ideas according to a libertarian. The median salary change for faculty members in 2009-10 was 0 percent. Should nurses be able […]

Read the rest of this entry »