Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

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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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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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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Top Health Industries Issues for 2015

What are the top health industry issues for 2015?  A PwC report believes the following 10 issues should top the list: HRI’s top 10 issues for the health industry in the year ahead: Do-it-yourself healthcare. U.S. physicians and consumers are ready to embrace a dramatic expansion of the high-tech, personal medical kit. Wearable technology, smartphone-linked devices […]

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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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