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Archive for July, 2010

A solution to save the postal service?

The post office has been struggling lately.  They have been bleeding red ink and losing market share to internet-based communication.  In fact, the U.S. post office recently announced that it will raise the price of a stamp to 46 cents. What is the post office solution?  According to Marketplace: Canadian researcher Robert Campbell says post […]

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Measuring Variation in Labor Costs for the NHS

The cost of running a hospital in New York City is much higher than running a hospital in Bozeman, Montana.  To take into account these cost differences, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a wage index to adjust the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for differences in labor costs. However, the […]

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Midwifery

I recently watched a video advocating for increased use of midwives during births.  There is little doubt that using a midwife reduces costs.  In addition, many studies have shown that home births with midwives have comparable health outcomes to those in the hospital setting.  In fact, even births using non-nurse midwives have  health outcomes similar or […]

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Thursday Links

Food subsidies harm nutrition? Employment leads to greater alcohol use. Should time on the waiting list matter for kidney allocation? For Mexicans, health declines with time in the US. Limiting antibiotics in meat. STD rates for swingers vs. prostitutes.

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