Tag: Health care

How Stupid Do They Think We Are? – Plutocrats Using Logical Fallacies to Defend the Health Care Status Quo

By Roy Poses, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the President of FIRM – the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine. Originally published at Health Care Renewal In the early 21st century, the debate about health care reform in the US ramped up.  The result […]

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Opioid Crisis Shows How Economic Inequality Kills

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Pharmaceutical pushers like Purdue Pharma “couldn’t have done their dirty work” without America’s increasingly unbalanced economy America’s growing rate of economic inequality is more than a numerical […]

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Hillary Clinton Sounds Alarm: ‘Americans Dying for Lack of Health Care’ While Obamacare Still in Place

Failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned of “real national emergencies” that included “Americans dying for lack of health care,” despite Obamacare remaining in place. Clinton posted a message Monday appearing to take aim at President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. southern border. She offered four alternative “real national emergencies.” […]

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Is the Opioid Overdose Crisis a Story of Supply or Demand? Depends Where You Look

By Shannon Monnat, an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Over the past two decades deaths from opioids and other drugs have grown to be a major U.S. health problem, but […]

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If Medicare for All Is Politically Impossible, “All Payer” Could Fix the System

Yves here. While I like the “all payer” idea a lot, one quibble I have regards price-setting on a regional basis. There’s a big difference in pricing between major cities and exurbs. In Manhattan, doctors in Queens and Staten Island charge lower fees due to lower rents. And it used […]

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Pelosi Advisor Proposes Non-Binding Arbitration as Road to Lowering Drug Prices

Yves here. Arbitration??? Are you kidding me? First, this is just an excuse for not regulating or negotiating. Every other advanced economy, and they all have fewer patients than the US, bargains with drug companies over prices. I know a bit about the Australian system, run by its Therapeutic Goods […]

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KenSci raises $22 million for AI that cuts health care costs

Health care is expensive. In 2017, costs totaled $3.5 trillion in the U.S. alone, equal to 17.9 percent of country’s gross domestic product. Driving the bulk of the receipts were chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes — almost half of all Americans have at least one. And the sickest […]

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IBM’s AI classifies seizure types to help people with epilepsy

About 1.2 percent of people in the U.S. — and 3.4 million worldwide — have active epilepsy, and roughly one in 26 people will develop it in their lifetime. Not all suffer seizures the same — and for a third of patients, no medical treatment options exist. As for the […]

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Physical therapy has a new ally: AI

Millions of people undergo physical therapy (PT) each year — about nine million in the U.S. alone, in fact. On average, they spend weeks performing rehabilitory exercises that last between a half hour to two hours, only the first few of which are typically supervised by a clinician. The bulk […]

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Experts Declare Physician Burnout ‘a Public Health Crisis’ – and Health IT a Significant Pathogen

Yves here. Replying on the work of the health care and IT experts writing at Health Care Renewal, we have been writing about how electronic health care records are a danger to sound medical practice. Among other things, they are designed for billing, not diagnosis or treatment, force doctors to […]

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Medicare For All — The Democratic Party Audition for 2020

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! Bernie Sanders’ November 2016 aggregate approval rating. Net favorable: +18% Hillary Clinton’s November 2016 aggregate approval rating. Net favorable: –15% Donald Trump’s November 2016 aggregate approval rating. Net favorable: –17% The next two years will present multiple tests of the soul of the Democratic Party, just […]

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3 Ways Trump Could Disrupt Health Care for the Better

Yves here. Recall that in his post on his French health care and magical snotty snails, Michael Olenick mentioned in passing that pharmacists in France can prescribe medications for routine ailments, unlike their US counterparts. I would not be that keen about the “let patients shop better” were it not […]

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The Planetary Health Diet Isn’t Much Use to People Living in Food Poverty

Yves here. Mass market food producers have not been good actors in promoting a healthy diet. Among other things, adding sugar to products makes them taste better and “snacks, drinks, and processed foods that are high in sugar have the highest profit margins.” By Anya Pearson, a freelance journalist and […]

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GoFundMe CEO: ‘Gigantic Gaps’ In Health System Showing Up In Crowdfunding

By Rachel Bluth, Reporter for Kaiser Health News and Peggy Girshman Fellow. She was previously the lead political correspondent for the Annapolis Bureau of Capital News Service and has also written for the Maryland Reporter and the Prince George’s Sentinel. Originally published at Kaiser Health News Scrolling through the GoFundMe […]

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Microsoft’s M12 venture fund expands to India, invests in health care data startup Innovaccer

India’s startups raised a record $10.5 billion in funding last year from dozens of international and local investors. When they are in need for capital again, they will have an additional source to look at: Microsoft. Microsoft announced today that it is expanding the reach of its M12 corporate venture […]

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Kiss What Is Left of Your Medical Data Privacy Goodbye

Matt Stoller warned back in 2012 that insurers would increasingly induce, then force, customers to agree to surveillance. But a Wall Street Journal story tonight describes how insurers and medical providers, meaning your doctor’s employers, are actively cooperating, so as among other things, to help Big Pharma peddle more drugs […]

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