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What is causing U.S. debt to explode?

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook, you need to look no further than entitlements for the elderly. Mandatory programs have accounted for a rising share of the federal government’s noninterest spending over the past few decades, exceeding 60 percent for the past several years. Much of the growth has occurred because […]

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Economics isn’t everything. Do airline classes reduce prices? Tiered pharmacies in California? More drug pricing transparancy. Cure for sepsis. Narrow networks.

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How the AHCA will affect the Federal Budget

On the positive side, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will decrease the federal budget deficit due largely to reductions in Medicaid spending and subsidies for the Health Insurance Exchanges enacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  On the other hand, the AHCA will greatly increase the number of people without health insurance. Federal Spending […]

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VBID and medication adherence. eConsult. Do drugs reduce ED use during pregnancy? Mindfulness and managed care. Looming cuts to NIH.

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Winners and losers. Is the U.S. really an HCE outlier? Superbugs. No IO in UK? Basic income’s version of the RAND HIE. What is CAR-T?

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Why don’t people like the American Health Care Act?

There has been a lot of criticism of the Republican’s “repeal and replace” bill known as the American Health Care Act. The critiques are coming from both the left and the right. Let’s look at just one provision–the premium age bands–to better understand why both people on the left and right do not like the […]

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Immigrant Physicians

Interesting facts from Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution: One percent of all the physicians in the United States come from the six countries targeted in Donald Trump’s new Executive Order. I found that a surprisingly high number. According to the Immigrant Doctors Project, those 7000 physicians provide 14 million doctors’ appointments each year and many of them […]

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Demoted in DC. Is big government not big enough? World’s most internationally revered money-laundering scam? Workers’ Comp golden rule. Bird flu in China.

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Trump Addresses Congress: The Healthcare Economist’s Take

Tonight, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.  Although the speech touched on a number of topics, I give my line-by-line commentary on the portions of the speech related to health care. “Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, […]

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New hope for cancer treatment? Strategic drug filling around Medicare eligibility date. Unlearning descriptive statistics. Fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Cost disease.

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