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Friday Links

Vaccinate your kids. Antibiotic resistance hot spots? Scope bias. The cause of unexplained strokes? USA! USA!  

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Friday Links: World Cup Edition

Get your Friday health care fix… How to fix the VA? Cost to fix Obamacare. Obamacare ‘sticker shock’ not shocking. Sanofi + Medtronic vs. Diabetes. Exchange premiums rise by 8%. Black box warning backfires? …and in the spirit of the World Cup, here are two sports-related posts… USMNT! Athletes = company-town employees? The U.S. plays […]

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Friday Links

Don’t be a rationalist. Moral hazard? The end of patents? How much market power to hospitals really have? Principal-agent problem. Minimum access to care standards.

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Will a VA scandal happen in England?

The VA scandal of long wait times is now well-known. Part of the reason why patients were left off official wait lists–ironically–was because VA senior staffers wanted to reduce wait times. Senior VA staff monitored wait times closely to check for any upticks. Some of the VA management at the Phoenix hospital believed the only […]

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End of week links

Another type of SID for newborns. Longer bar hours, fewer drunk drivers? Marginal tax rates >100%? (Not) Defending Medicare Advantage? Docs: “overwhelming impulse to flee…” Is treating alcoholics profitable?  

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New Apple iOS adds Health

Typically, when Apple unveils a new operating system much of the talk is about new features, faster processing speeds and new visualizations.  Apple’s unveiling of their most recent operating system is no different.  However, this release has a unique focus: health. Apple is getting into the quantified self health movement with their new Health app.  The app […]

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Organ Donation: World Cup Edition

What do organ donation and soccer (or football or fútbol) have in common?  Typically, not much.  However, one Brazilian soccer team, Sport Club do Recife, though otherwise.  The BBC reports: “Every Brazilian is born with football in the soul,” says Jorge Peixoto, of Sport Club Recife, one of the top teams in the north-east of the […]

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Friday Links

Libertarian case for Medicaid. Who should you trust more: you doc or Wikipedia? Lessons from the VA. Measles cases hit record number. Big vs. small hospitals in the UK.

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Memorial Day and the VA

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have served the country.  However, it is also important to remember the veterans who currently living and address their needs.  The issue receiving the most press is the long VA wait times.  I discuss the issue below. According to Vox.com, the VA rules aim to “ensure patients […]

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Health care cost rising by almost 10%

Many times I have been asked whether the Affordable Care Act is a good thing.  The 1 sentence answer is: “Yes, because it expands health insurance coverage to more Americans, but no because it adds many layers of regulation and does little to slow cost growth.”  This last point is rearing its ugly head.  Sally Pipes […]

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