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What are “conditions specific to military service”?

Just before Memorial Day, a Maryland congressman recently proposed shrinking the scope of services the VA provides to veterans.   How would he do this? He proposes a model: …where the VA is not the place of general health care for the veterans, but the place of highly-specialized care where skilled professionals are particularly well-equipped to […]

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End of week links + HWR

Apple Watch and chemotherapy. Globalization of healthcare. #YoTambienMeDormi. $2 billion needed for antibiotics research? Out-of-pocket costs as a side effect? …plus a pre-Memorial Day Edition of Health Wonk Review at Workers Comp Insider.  

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Links to start the week

Cancer spending tops $100 billion. Impact of behavioral health on US longevity 1960-2010) $25 billion for antibiotic research. “You gotta change us to inpatient!” The King is dead.  Long live the King.

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Mid-Week Links

Behavioral economics and pricing. Nerd altruism. What do mangos and high fructose corn syrup have in common? Can homosexual men donate blood? “I went to the streets to find love.”

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Innovation vs. Equity in Health Care Philanthropy

In the Denver Post, Dottie Lamm makes discusses Larry Ellison’s hope to live forever and his donation towards anti-aging research.  Ellison has donated $450 million to anti-aging research. Ms. Lamm worries that this research will only benefit the rich. If such measures are available only to billionaires, or millionaires, or even to “one-percenters,” I see […]

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Health in Baltimore

Baltimore is in the news, and not for the best reasons.  The arrest and eventual death of Freddie Gray have unleashed a series of protests and riots.  One conference where the Healthcare Economist had a poster presentation–the American Heart Association (AHA) Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) Scientific Sessions (conference) was cancelled this week due […]

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Precision for Medicine Acquires Precision Health Economics

Big news in the world of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR).  The press release is below. Precision for Medicine Acquires Precision Health Economics Extends Leadership in Health Economics and Outcomes Research With a Focus on Evidence Generation in an Era of Precision Medicine Bethesda, MD, and Los Angeles, April 16, 2015 – Precision for […]

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Friday Links

Google Body? Negotiate without being a pushover. Things you didn’t know about income taxes. Tax deductions economists hate. Drawbacks of EMRs. Pharma productivity crisis?

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4 Questions

It is currently Passover, the Jewish celebration of the Exodus from Egypt. One of the many traditions at the Passover Seder is to read the 4 questions. Here at the Healthcare Economist, I will also bring you 4 questions…health-care related questions that is on some of the more interesting topics from the past week. Everyone […]

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Friday Links

Men’s salaries as nurses. “Top Lawyers” are average. MRI’s for less. Before and after. Health insurance exchange enrollment. California is nuts.

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