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Archive for February, 2014

Friday Links

  X-ray app? The high-cost of low-cost housing. How many Nobel Prize winners get slighted in favor of their spouses? Children and cancer trials. Obamacare and insurer market share.

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“Be Mine” Edition of Health Wonk Review

Who loves you, baby? Steve Anderson does – he’s posted a great Valentine’s day themed Health Wonk Review at the HealthInsurance.org Blog.

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Coming to a town near you?

  Many people living outside the U.S., may find it odd that U.S. pharmacies–stores that provide products that are supposed to improve health–sell tobacco as well.  However, this practice may go the way of the dinosaur.  According to the New York Times, CVS Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced on Wednesday that […]

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AMA wants more money for docs

File under “least shocking development of the day”: The American Medical Association opposes cuts to physician salaries. In a letter on Monday, the AMA stated that it expreses: …strong support for the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4015/S. 2000)…Previous Congresses have spent more than $150 billion over the past […]

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CBO 2014 Budget Projections

California Healthline reports that At least one million fewer people than previously expected are projected to obtain health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges this year, primarily because of the troubled rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website last fall, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s new annual budget outlook report. WonkBlog has a […]

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Can health care employment decline?

Health care spending always increases and employment in the health care sector always rises.  At least that has been the trend over the last 10 plus years.  However, we may be seeing a shift.  Health care spending has grown much more slowly in recent years (3-4%) and the latest jobs report indicates that health care […]

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Links for you…

$230 million for Alzheimers research. 100 books. Uber for health care? Thoughts on paying for kidneys. The end of nursing shortages?

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Cancer Tidal Wave

People are living longer. That is good news. The bad news is that when you decrease the mortality rates for some diseases, you increase the likelihood that you die from other ones. For instance, if someone previously would have died of a heart attack at 50 year old in 1950, if that same person turned […]

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Cavalcade of Risk #201: Understated edition is up

Russell Hutchinson of MoneyBlog hosts this week’s round-up of risk-related bloggetry.

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Health Care Workers and Informal Payments

In many developing countries, making informal payments to health care workers is common.  Lewis (2000) estimates the frequency of informal payments in selected Asian and Central/Eastern European countries as: Armenia: 91%; Azerbaijan: 78%; Kyrgyz Republic: 75% Poland: 78%; Russia: 74% Vietnam: 81%; Do these payments work?  Would people be better off if these bribes were made […]

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