Category Archives: Health

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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