Category Archives: Health

Samuelson on Health

Some adult talk about solving the heath care standoff from the Sunday, April 30th, Washington Post OpEd pages, by economic guru Robert J. Samuelson: There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem By Robert J. Samuelson          … Continue reading

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NPR: Sad State of Health Services in USVI

Nearly five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, medical services in the USVI are still in horrible shape, with 400 seriously ill patients receiving care in the mainland, and both major hospitals (in St. Thomas and St. Croix) unable to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Development, Disaster Management, Health, Small Island

Why You Pay Lots for Emergency Care: “Duh, It’s a Monopoly, Dude.”

[This article is from the exemplary on-line magazine Vox, by Sarah Kliff, who is a super interpreter of public policy in the health arena. Follow her regularly, including especially her daily VoxCare column. ] Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay … Continue reading

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Unhealthy Politics in Congress

from The Upshot at the NY Times. The Unhealthy Politics of Pork: How It Increases Your Medical Costs The term pork barrel spending has been around for well over 100 years. It means using government funds on local projects that … Continue reading

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‘An embarrassment’: U.S. health care far from the top in global study

Just to be clear — I’m not embarrassed, I’m MAD. More controversial research from those scientists at the University of Washington,from the Washington Post <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/18/an-embarrassment-u-s-health-care-far-from-the-top-in-global-study/?utm_term=.167e609e8339&gt; To Your Health: US Ranks about 39th out of 195 Countries By Ariana Eunjung Cha  … Continue reading

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First Confusing Health Note of 2016

from the Washington Post Wonkblog: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/31/the-surprising-thing-ancient-mummies-tell-us-about-what-to-eat/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines&gt; Wonkblog The surprising thing ancient mummies tell us about what to eat By Peter Whoriskey December 31, 2015 A reconstruction of a 5,000-year-old man based on his mummified remains that were found in the … Continue reading

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For Our Friend Sherry: “The Giant Rats That Save Lives”

from Sunday, 19 April, 2015, NY TImes Op Ed by Nicolas Kristof . . . [This is especially for Sherry, who served one of her dozen-and-a-half “Doctors Without Borders” tours in Angola, where she described her entire tour as “preparing … Continue reading

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