Medical Errors

A Healthy Blog has an interesting post (“Stories of Harm“) giving patient video testimonies regarding their experience with medical errors and how it has impacted their life. The Consumer Health Quality Council is a group of Massachusetts patients who have been harmed by medical errors and they are calling for reform within the health care…

Singapore’s Health Care system

Bryan Caplan of EconLog has an interesting blog post on Singapore’s Health Care System. In the post, he reviews Ghesquiere’s “Singapore’s Success,” analyzing Singapore’s health care system. Harford finds that Singapore spends a third of what the U.S. does on health care (as a percentage of GDP) yet has better health indicators. Of course, much…

Gallup Polls vs. Actual Voting Results

Barack Obama wins Iowa and is predicted to win New Hampshire according to Gallup polls.  Then Hillary Clinton wins New Hampshire.  Why were Gallup poll predictions wrong? The Statistical Modeling blog tries to make sense of this in their post “What was going on with the New Hampshire polls?”  The post gives three reasons why…

Guide to the Republican Candidates

So you’re a Republican and you don’t know who to vote for. Which of the Republican candidates has the best plan for health care reform? This is what I will discuss today. If you are a Democrat, please read my “Guide to the Democratic Candidates” yesterday. Similarities Almost all the Republican candidate are in agreement…

Guide to the Democratic Candidates

So you’re a Democrat and you don’t know who to vote for. Which of the Democratic candidates has the best plan for health care reform? This is what I will discuss today. If you are a Republican, please read my “Guide to the Republican Candidates” tomorrow. Similarities All of the Democratic candidates support the following…

PE Requirements and Overweight Youth

Do state physical education (PE) requirement help to decrease the percentage of children and teens who are overweight? This is the question Cawley, Meyerhoefer and Newhouse investigate in their 2007 Health Economics paper. One would certainly not be surprised if PE requirements decrease the prevalence of obesity, but this may not be correct.  PE requirements…