Health Care (page 9)

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    Let the healthcare field compete

    John Cochrane, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, writes in his blog, The Grumpy Economist, how government mandated cross-subsidization negatively impacts the costs of health care in the US: But lawmakers do…
    Jordan Roberts, August 29, 2018
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    An Alternative To Regulation of Opioids?

    From Sy Mukherjee at Fortune comes the tale of an interesting study and approach to reducing the prescribing of addictive opioids: write a letter. “A simple letter, supportive in tone, to inform clinicians of a scheduled drug harm to their patient resulted in fewer subsequent opioids dispensed by those…
    Donna Martinez, August 10, 2018
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    Survey: FDA Menu Mandate Fails To Make Us Care About Calories

    I scratch my head when I hear pro big-government types express the view that more and more Americans are fat because we don’t have enough information about calories, sugar, etc. in the food we eat. Therefore, they tell us, the government should mandate that restaurants post all this information…
    Donna Martinez, August 3, 2018
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    Cheaper Alternative to Braces Has Orthodontists Running Scared

    Let’s say you want your kid to have braces, but you’re struggling with the prospect of being charged $5,000 to $8,000 for the service, most of which you’re likely to pay out of pocket. Thanks to innovators, you don’t have to break the bank to have straight teeth. Alternatives to…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 2018
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    Your Doctor’s Paperwork Problem Could Become a Headache For You

    Paperwork. Paperwork. And more paperwork. Turns out doctors are buried in it, as Bruce Lee explains at forbes.com. Led by Christine Sinsky, MD, at the American Medical Association, the study followed 57 U.S. physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and orthopedics for a total of 430 hours. In addition, 21…
    Donna Martinez, March 1, 2018
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    What’s The Deal With The Proposed Merger of UNC & Atrium?

    If you’re confused by whether hospital mergers are positive or negative, JLF’s Katherine Restrepo, clears things up as she discusses the potential partnership between UNC Health Care and Atrium Health, the former Carolinas HealthCare System. Restrepo offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal…
    Donna Martinez, February 28, 2018
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    The Atrium Merger Could Impact Your Family. Here’s How.

    Katherine Restrepo, John Locke Foundation director of health care policy, discusses the potential impact of a merger involving Atrium Health (the former Carolinas HealthCare System) and a Georgia hospital system. Restrepo offered these comments for a Feb. 8, 2018, Spectrum News report. WATCH. …
    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2018
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    Banning Payments For Blood Plasma Donations? Canadian Provinces are Doing It.

    An interesting ethical and economic debate is playing out in Canada, where some provinces are banning — or seeking to ban — paid donations for blood plasma, as this piece at reason.com explores. Given this shortage, why are some Canadian ethicists, physicians, and legislators opposed to paying for plasma…
    Donna Martinez, January 25, 2018