Some good news on inflation

The Economist has an interesting review of the book Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. The book is an argument that more people in the world is a positive, not a negative development. In recent years, China has used the one-child policy to reduce population growth;…

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A path forward for digital therapeutics reimbursement. Med students don’t go to class. Hospital capacity constraints exacerbate racial bias. UnitedHealth moves to $0 copay for emergency drugs. IVI Methods Summit.

Physician adoption of digital

An AMA report out this month surveys physicians regarding their perceptions of digital health. This year’s survey replicates similar surveys in 2016 and 2019. Some of the key findings are: There has been an increase in the percentage of physicians that feel there are advantages in leveraging digital health solutions. The percentage of physicians who…

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Total work comp drug spend for 2020 was about $3 billion. “The share of high-SES friends among individuals with low SES… is among the strongest predictors of upward income mobility identified to date” Prescription video games. “The health care industry annually dumps approximately 550 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents into the atmosphere.” “Sharia…

An end to progress?

Perhaps not, but there is some sobering news from the United Nation’s 2021/2022 Human Development Report that was released this week. BBC reports: Over the past two years, nine out of 10 countries have slid backwards on the UN’s Human Development Index. Covid-19, the war in Ukraine and the impact of climate change are blamed for…

Challenges faced by rural hospitals

That is the topic of a commentary by Carroll et al. (2022) in Health Services Research. The first issue they discuss is access to care. A core challenge in rural communities is declining access to hospital care. Eight percent of rural hospitals have closed over the last decade, and closure rates have increased in recent…