Progress in the war on cancer

Siegel et al. (2019) present a review of cancer incidence and mortality statistics in American over recent decades. Their key findings were: Over the past decade of data, the cancer incidence rate (2006‐2015) was stable in women and declined by approximately 2% per year in men, whereas the cancer death rate (2007‐2016) declined annually by…

Economics of mental health

Pharmafile has an interesting article on the “Economics of Mental Health”.  The article has a number of interesting statistics: The cost: “Mental health issues have been estimated to cost the world economy $2.5 trillion each year. To put that into perspective, the United Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $2.6 trillion in 2017.” Costs extend…

CHIP take-up is high among children

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ended in September 2017.  This caused a stir as many parent’s relied on CHIP for their children’s health insurance.  In January 2018, however, the federal government’s passed a six-year CHIP funding extension and resolved to continue to fund this program. The headlines at the time showed pictures of…

Are things getting worse?

Clearly the answer will vary by individual, family and country.  Overall, however, the answer is no.  In fact, things are getting much better if we look back over the last 100 or 200 years.  This is the argument of economist Max Roser: As Dr. Roser concludes, despite dramatic gains over he last 200 years, there is…