Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

How to reduce compliants

Simple, increase the amount of occupied time.  For a more detailed explanation, check out this article from NPR to find the answer.  With respect towards complaints waiting for baggage at airports. A few years ago, The New York Times reported that airline passengers in Houston were complaining bitterly about how long they had to wait […]

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More Expensive Placebos Bring More Pain Relief

Why do placebo’s work?  They work because the patient’s mind believes they offer relief and thus patient perception of pain decreases after taking a placebo.  A study by Dan Ariely finds that the more expensive the placebo, the more pain relief it offers.  In particular, a $2.50 placebo works better one that costs 10 cents. Medical […]

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Health Insurance keeps us from getting sick?

John Tierney writes in The New York Times (“Appeasing the Gods…“) that “”We buy insurance not just for peace of mind or to protect ourselves financially, but because…we think buying health insurance will keep us from getting sick.” A rational person would believe that buying insurance against an event will not alter the probability that […]

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