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Friday Links

£300m for dementia research. Drug-resistant malaria on the rise? Pregnancy tester + nanotechnology. Dentists lose a monopoly. The end of p-values. Time bombs under the streets.

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Friday Links

Good intentions. Taxes around the world. Big bucks for dementia research. Are providers ready for value-based purchasing? An interview with Mark Smith. Uninsured and tax penalties.

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The Republican Response to Obamacare

For years, Republicans have campaigned to repeal Obamacare. The biggest question in their campaign is what to replace it with. One year ago, Republicans unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (Patient CARE).  Now, the Republicans have a new plan.   What’s in the new plan?  The Healthcare Economist reviews the highlights. No […]

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Friday Links

A new fat tax. Ebola: it’s not over. End the employer mandate? Job lock. Penn and Teller on vaccinations.

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Links

How well does Tamiflu work? Does the supply of PCPs affect access to specialist care? Big data and causal inference. Who will deliver health care to Africa? [Hint: Not the US] Illegal libraries. No place for a heart attack.

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What is Precision Medicine?

In his State of the Union, the President said that he was looking for additional funds for precision medicine. What would these funds be used for and how much money are we talking about? The details were revealed last week. The Presdient describes precision medicine as “delivering the right treatments, at the right time, every […]

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Medicare to Pay for Value

I have spilled much ink on this blog discussing the pros and cons of pay-for-performance approaches to medicine.  Incentivizing high quality care is good in theory, but in practice changes in quality have been modest and providers may be able to readily game the system.  Despite these challenges, Medicare announced this week that it would being  tying 30 […]

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State of the Union 2015: A Healthcare Review

The Healthcare Economist’s annual tradition is upon us. I review the President’s State of the Union address, identify all healthcare related comments, and provide commentary.  So without futher ado… And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage. The President pats himself on the back for the […]

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Tuesday Links

Who pays public employee health costs? How to lose weight? White Coats for Black Lives Flu shot efficacy. The ObamaTax.

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Friday Links

US investment in medical research. Health insurance cost the most in this state. 23% Can technology fix the adherence problem? Disney’s got a case of….

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