HWR + Links

Peggy Salvatore has posted Health Wonk Review July 2018: Summer’s Coming Around Again at Health System Ed Blog.  Check it out. Plus, here are some links of my own to add as we head into the weekend: Is this what government drug price negotiation looks like under Trump? Do health insurance subsidies improve health? Breast is best? How does…

Friday Links

Elasticity of health insurance with respect to premiums. Why are Americans having fewer babies? EHRs increase cost by $44k/physician. Hospitals and information blocking. “After instrumenting for admissions to owner‐managed NHs [nusring homes], quality among long‐stay residents at owner‐managed NHs is generally better than NHs with salaried managers”

The Fourth of July is fun, but…

The Fourth of July is a fun holiday. We celebrate America’s independence, bar-b-que, and watch fireworks.  I have many good memories watching the fireworks on July 3 (yes, in Milwaukee the largest fireworks display actually happens July 3). At the same time, the Fourth of July does have a number of health hazards to be…

Is the UK celebrating NHS’s 70th birthday?

Last weekend, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) turned 70.  NHS is a protocolical single payer system.  Whereas Canada is a single payer system, provinces rather than the federal government makes most decisions and providers (i.e., hospitals and physicians) are private, for-profit businesses.  In the Netherlands, on the other hand, both providers and health…

Friday Links

Does advertising work? (ACA edition) Is an individual mandate constitutional? Demand for health services researchers. NIH grant reviews: “The intraclass correlation — a statistic that refers to how much groups agree — was 0 for the scores assigned. This meant that there was no agreement at all on the quality of any application.” AMA: CVS-Aetna…

Friday Links

Who has more scientific publications: the U.S. or China? Is digital health a social science? How do U.S. healthcare prices compare to the rest of the world? Does continuing medical education work? What is the cost of defensive medicine fears? What does an effective lobbyist look like?

Health insurance is not enough

Having health insurance is great.  It largely protects people against financial losses that accrue when you become ill.  It provides coverage for medical services.  And improves patients health. Well, that last one is only true if health insurance allows you to access care.  When health insurance provider reimbursement is low as is the case for…