CureHunter

A new website is available to help patients and physicians find information regarding various diseases.  The site is called CureHunter.  The site not only has a ton of information on different diseases, therapies, drugs, and bio-agents, but shows the relationship between each of these in a very appealing visual interface.  Since I am not a…

Amgen CEO on Marketplace

Kai Ryssdal interviews Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer on Monday’s edition of NPR’s Marketplace. Below are some excerpts from the interview. The full transcript is available here. Ryssdal: Do you consider Amgen to be part of what is commonly referred to as “Big Pharma”? Sharer: We have characteristics financially that look like “Big Pharma.” I’m the…

Estimates of Number Uninsured Too High

A paper in Health Services Research by Davern et al. (2007) claims that the Current Population Survey (CPS) estimates overstate the true number of people uninsured.  The authors claims that the “…uninsured rate is approximately one percentage point higher than it should be for people under 65 (i.e., approximately 2.5 million more people are counted…

Are Protective Labor Market Institutions at the Root of Unemployment?

Most studies have found a strong correlation between a country’s unemployment benefit generosity–in terms of either duration, wage replacement rate, or eligibility–and the unemployment rate. Many economists contend that one reason why Europeans have higher unemployment rates is due to their more generous unemployment benefit package. Yet a paper in Capitalism and Society by Howell,…

Why not shop around?

In a blog post (“Sicko Sticko Shock“), Marc Cooper discusses his recent hospital bill for a heart procedure of “moderate complexity.” He finds that the amount billed was $116,749. However, the procedure was much cheaper for Mr. Cooper since he had Blue Cross insurance. “In a column lateral to the “amount billed” I then find…