2018 Feel Good Health Stories

25 million doses of a new cholera vaccine were administered globally, and preparations began for the largest vaccination drive in history. UNICEF France revealed a sharp fall in daily smokers, with one million fewer lighting up in the past year, and cigarette use among Americans dropped to its lowest level since the Centers for Disease Control and…

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“The influence of referring physicians is dramatically greater than the effect of patient cost-sharing” Why is Obamacare enrollment down? One simple reason why value-based care may fail: poor patient attribution methods. MDMA for PTSD. Do veterans prefer VA or Medicare? Amazon Prime Health?

Value of Unpaid Work and Leisure time

Oftentimes, cost effectiveness analyses of new treatments measure health benefits less medical costs.  However, getting treatment often involves a significant amount of time cost.  Some cost-effectiveness analyses take into account take into account lost productivity amount individuals who work. However, these analyses rarely take into account lost time that could be used for unpaid work…

The end of Obamacare?

As reported in NPR: A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor invalidates what’s commonly referred to as Obamacare nationwide, and casts into…