Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

I recently finished reading a great book by William Bynum called The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. The book does just what it says: provides a great introduction to the history of medicine.  It is concise and interesting throughout.  The contents are divided into six chapters: Medicine at the bedside Medicine in the […]

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Obama v. Nixon

In 2009, President Barack Obama addressed the nation calling for healthcare reform.  In 1974, President Richard Nixon also addressed the nation calling for healthcare reform.  Let us analyze Nixon’s speech and compare it to Obama’s. “Today the need [for reform] is even more pressing because of the higher costs of medical care.”  Obama echoes this […]

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How medical care was financed 2000 years ago

A paper by Alexander S. Preker and April Harding at the World Bank analyze the roles of the public and private sector in health care.  One of the more interesting portions discusses medical care financing using some examples from ancient history. “Ideological views on the roles of the state and the private sector belong to […]

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