Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Visit your doctor whenever you like

Typical hours when illness strikes is 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.  In the US, typical physician hours are 9-5, Monday through Friday. Although this is changing (CVS Minute Clinics have Saturday and Sunday hours), it is still difficult for individuals who are work and are ill to see a doctor without taking […]

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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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Friday Links

Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy. College Degree: No Class Time Required. Innovative Office Space. The opposite of too big to fail? The Super Bowl as a video game. Gold in them thar diapers. Deers vs. Horses.

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Does Health Insurance Matter?

In this case, the answer is yes: “[Dr. David] Dupree said she sought medical help on June 4, just days after her 65th birthday, when she would qualify for Medicare, the U.S. healthcare program for seniors. ‘The reason she didn’t go earlier was because she had no insurance,’ he said. By now, she weighed more […]

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Friday Links

The relationship between drug quality and market price. Do hospital mergers increase bypass surgery rates? Do college degrees matter? NEJM: 20% uninsured by 2020? Buy a restaurant for $100? Number of FDA warning letters issued in 2011.

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Tuesday Links

Can ecstasy beat cancer? Smugling drugs into Mexico. Spotlight on… Julie Taymor. Bacteria stops dengue fever. Source of cholera?

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Friday’s Fun Links

Caregiving robots. Obesity Epidemic (not what you think) A State where marijuana is almost legal but caffeinated beer is not. Old people are ruining America. 3 HR = 2 facials?

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Mid-Week Links

Is comparative effectiveness really coming to Medicare?  When is OK not to follow the guidelines? Happy smokers vs. unhappy smokers in France. Are GPs living the good life in France? Will Groupon collapse? Cigarette Rx?

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Health Reform in the UK

Health Reform in the U.S. means more government involvement in health care.  More public insurance (expanding Medicaid), more government intervention in the insurance market (health exchanges), and government being a driving force for innovation (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation). In the UK on the other hand, “Health Reform” means more privatization, not less.  As […]

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Wednesday Afternoon Links

Japanese toilets and electricity shortages. California’s priorities: higher education of prisons? Progress on ACOs in Medicare. 1:273. Quality vs. convenience.

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