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Health Inequality Project
"The Health Inequality Project uses big data to measure differences in life expectancy by income across areas and identify strategies to improve health outcomes for low-income Americans."
health  health-care  inequality  economics  mortality  data-sources 
february 2017 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: Sizing the Problem of Improving Discovery and Access to NIH-Funded Data: A Preliminary Study
"This study informs efforts to improve the discoverability of and access to biomedical datasets by providing a preliminary estimate of the number and type of datasets generated annually by research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It focuses on those datasets that are “invisible” or not deposited in a known repository."
data-curation  discovery  access  health  health-care  information-science 
august 2015 by tsuomela
No Sympathy for Poors from the Silver Hordes - The Baffler
"According to a new Brookings Institution study, the majority of America’s elderly don’t want the government to help poor people. And they sure as hell don’t want the government to provide them with health insurance. (Get our government hands off their Medicaid?)"
politics  generation  baby-boomers  health-care  poverty 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Health Care’s Trick Coin -
"The best evidence shows that half of all the clinical trials ever conducted and completed on the treatments in use today have never been published in academic journals. Trials with positive or flattering results, unsurprisingly, are about twice as likely to be published — and this is true for both academic research and industry studies."
medicine  bias  fairness  publishing  clinical-trials  public-understanding  trust  health  health-care 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Doctors Really Do Die Differently « Zócalo Public Square
While the article rarely provoked hostility, it did, among some readers, prompt skepticism. I’d written the article in a personal, anecdotal style, so I rarely made use of numbers, studies, or charts. For example, Ezra Klein, writing in The Washington Post, wanted to see more evidence for my assertions. “Does anyone know of data on end-of-life spending for doctors?” he asked. “Or even on the percentage of medical professionals who have signed living wills?”
This essay is an attempt to address such questions. Perhaps it should be viewed as a set of endnotes to “How Doctors Die.” For every assertion of mine that was based on observation, I’ve looked for relevant scholarly evidence that might support or refute it. Here is what I found:
health  health-care  medicine  doctors  attitude  death 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Einer Elhauge: If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did The Founding Fathers Back Them? | The New Republic
"But there’s a major problem with this line of argument: It just isn’t true. The founding fathers, it turns out, passed several mandates of their own. In 1790, the very first Congress—which incidentally included 20 framers—passed a law that included a mandate: namely, a requirement that ship owners buy medical insurance for their seamen. This law was then signed by another framer: President George Washington. That’s right, the father of our country had no difficulty imposing a health insurance mandate."
politics  health-care  insurance  history 
april 2012 by tsuomela
HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge
HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Children's Hospital Boston founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site '' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.
health  maps  disease  mashup  health-care  medicine  data-curation  diseases 
march 2012 by tsuomela
What single quality predicts a good doctor? | Unofficial Prognosis, Scientific American Blog Network
"According to Dr. Fitzgerald, there is a single trait underlying both the desire to learn in the classroom and to be empathetic on the wards. She writes:

“What is kindness, as perceived by patients? Perhaps it is curiosity: ‘How are you? Who are you? How can I help you? Tell me more. Isn’t that interesting?’ And patients say, ‘He asked me a lot of questions’
medicine  success  education  curiosity  quality  health-care 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Trust key in healthcare | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Increasing regulation is not the way to make sure doctors and other health professionals behave well, the dean of the University of Otago's law school, Prof Mark Henaghan, says.
Instead, too much regulation could be counter-productive, undermining the trust that should underpin the patient-health professional relationship.

In a recently published book Health Professionals and Trust: The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy, Prof Henaghan says external regulation and surveillance may lead to compliance but such behaviour is not likely to be as enduring as a professional commitment to act in trustworthy ways.
medicine  health-care  trust  communication  law 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Treating a Nation of Anxious Wimps
We’ve become a nation of hypochondriacs. Every sneeze is swine flu, every headache a tumor. And at great expense, we deliver fantastically prompt, thorough and largely unnecessary care. There is tremendous financial pressure on physicians to keep patients happy. But unlike business, in medicine the customer isn’t always right. Sometimes a doctor needs to show tough love and deny patients the quick fix. A good physician needs to have the guts to stand up to people and tell them that their baby gets ear infections because they smoke cigarettes. That it’s time to admit they are alcoholics. That they need to suck it up and deal with discomfort because narcotics will just make everything worse. That what’s really wrong with them is that they are just too damned fat.  Unfortunately, this type of advice rarely leads to high patient satisfaction scores.  
medicine  health  health-care  cost  risk  expectation 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Health care and insurance metasearch interface and gateway for the Affordable Care Act.
health-care  insurance  medicine  reference  government 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Waterloo | FrumForum
So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.
politics  conservative  republicans  health-care  reform  extremism  media 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Health Beat: Massachusetts’ Problem and Maryland’s Solution We Don’t Have to Wait for Washington Part 2
In 1977, Maryland decided that, rather than leaving prices to the vagaries of a marketplace where insurers and hospitals negotiate behind closed doors, it would delegate the task of setting reimbursement rates for acute-care hospitals to an independent agency, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.
health-care  reform  state-government  state  cost  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Unchecked Provider Clout In California Foreshadows Challenges To Health Reform -- Berenson et al., 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0715 -- Health Affairs
Faced with declining payment rates, California providers have implemented various strategies that have strengthened their leverage in negotiating prices with private health plans. When negotiating together, hospitals and physicians enhance their already significant bargaining clout. California’s experience is a cautionary tale for national health reform: It suggests that proposals to promote integrated care through models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) could lead to higher rates for private payers. Because antitrust policy has proved ineffective in curbing most provider strategies that capitalize on providers’ market power to win higher payments, policy makers need to consider approaches including price caps and all-payer rate setting.
health  health-care  reform  economics  power  negotiating  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
American Exceptionalism Strikes Again | Angry Bear
Comments on an graph comparing international health-care outcomes based on cost, doctors visits, etc. Puts a lot of information into a unique graph.
health-care  medicine  reform  visualization  graphics  information  statistics  international  comparison  design  ideas  inspiration 
december 2009 by tsuomela
How the Senate bill would contain the cost of health care : The New Yorker
Atul Gawande on the benefits of trial-and-error in the health care reform bill.
health-care  medicine  reform  government  success 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Health Care’s Raw Deal for Middle-Class Families | NDN
From the data Steuerle presents, we can calculate that within just five or six years, the average middle-class family will have to devote nearly one-third of its income to health care costs. That’s right: one-third. According to the CBO, the average family will earn $54,000 a year in 2016, when a moderate-priced family policy will cost $14,700.
health-care  cost  insurance  income  class  middle-class 
november 2009 by tsuomela
"America's Priorities," by the Beltway elite - Glenn Greenwald -
Why spending billions on war is more important for Washington than spending billions on health care.
america  militarism  spending  health-care  priorities  mainstream  elite 
october 2009 by tsuomela » The Health Care Crisis Few of Us Recognize
This is something new in human history – an economy “in need of need,” as John McKnight of Northwestern University has put it. We can never overcome poverty, among other things, because our economic logic requires us constantly to reinvent it. In terms of policy, we are in a no-man’s-land. The old maps don’t work because they don’t even recognize the problem. Liberal and conservative nostrums have become, basically, different routes to an outdated end.
economics  consumerism  consumption  health-care 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Health Care, Race and Political Polarization - Short Stack
Americans' views of political issues and their partisan attachments are being increasingly shaped by gut-level worldviews. On one side of many issues are those who see the world in terms of hierarchy, think about problems in black and white terms, and struggle to tolerate difference. On the other are those who favor independence over hierarchy, shades of gray over black-white distinctions, and diversity over sameness.

We call this dividing line an authoritarian one, and we find that what side of the line people fall on explains their positions on a wide ranging set of issues, including race, immigration, gay rights, civil liberties, and terrorism.
politics  psychology  worldview  hierarchy  conservatism  liberal  race  health-care 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Truth About Malpractice Lawsuits - BusinessWeek
A 2004 study by the Congressional Budget Office came up with much lower figures, however. The CBO estimated that malpractice premiums and awards to patients represent less than 2% of overall health-care spending. The CBO also concluded that any reductions in medical overtreatment from tort reform would be negligible.
medicine  health-care  reform  law  tort  malpractice  cost  insurance  lawsuit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Myth of Consumer Choice « The Baseline Scenario
So what really frustrates me about this whole “consumer choice” fraud is the premise it begins with. It starts out by framing health care as a problem of consumer incentives – health care is too cheap. This is a factually accurate framing that leads you to a dead end (unless you think people who underestimate their future sickness should die). I think the right way to frame this issue is with this question: Given a poor person and a rich person who have the same potentially fatal disease, should both of them live, or only one?
health-care  medicine  choice  consumer  health  cost  insurance  risk  free-markets  information  ideology  choice-fetish 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The return of the welfare queen | Salon
Unsurprisingly, the new "welfare wedge" has been very evident in the opposition to healthcare reform, even before Michael Steele made it clear that "socialism" for "the greatest generation" was worth defending so long as it wasn't extended to the currently uninsured.
welfare  politics  medicare  health-care  republicans 
september 2009 by tsuomela
An International Comparison of Small Business Employment - CEPR
Contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other countries at a comparable level of economic development, according to this new CEPR report. The authors observe that the undersized U.S. small business sector is consistent with the view that high health care costs discourage small business formation, since start-ups in other countries can tap into government-funded health care systems.
business  employment  entrepreneur  small-business  international  comparison  comparative  statistics  health-care  startup 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Four Rules for Constructive Competition - Umair Haque -
The scenario I've outlined above is radical — but it's also real. US medical tourism is growing by leaps and bounds. Yes, it has its problems — but its value proposition is deeply disruptive. And crystallized within it is a deeper lesson about 21st century competition.
medicine  tourism  innovation  health-care  reform  strategy  values 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Health Bills Might Not Protect Some Needy Americans, Experts Say - Kaiser Health News
Concern about the legislation's cost has overshadowed a major worry among some policy experts: Whether the Democrats' plans would protect low- and moderate-income earners from excess financial burdens, as backers have promised.
health-care  insurance  reform  politics  public-option  cost  class  income 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Economic Scene - Health Reform’s Acid Test - Prostate Cancer -
Some doctors swear by one treatment, others by another. But no one really knows which is best. Rigorous research has been scant. Above all, no serious study has found that the high-technology treatments do better at keeping men healthy and alive.
health-care  health  medicine  cancer  treatment  prostate  economics  money  cost  reform 
september 2009 by tsuomela
naked capitalism: What real comprehensive healthcare reform looks like
Says the important consideration is lowering out-of-pocket expenses for everyone - to provide economic security. Also adds some points on end employer based health insurance.
health-care  reform  insurance  politics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Atlantic Online | September 2009 | How American Health Care Killed My Father | David Goldhill
A non-strident argument for competitive markets in health care. Use insurance for truly catastrophic care, drop employer paid "insurance", and let people pay for their routine care from regular income.
health  health-care  reform  government  insurance  medicine  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Entertainment Value of Snuffing Grandma
Consequently, they are incapable of asking themselves a simple question: If insurance corporation profits are one third of the cost of healthcare, and all insurance corporations do is deliver our money to healthcare providers for us (or actually, do everything in their power to keep the money for themselves), why do we need insurance companies at all? Answer: Because Wall Street gets a big piece of the action.
rant  health-care  gloom-and-doom  reform  illusion  american  class  wall-street 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Roseanne the Riveter & the New Guilted Age
Suddenly, out of every media outlet, from the morning talk shows to the political blogs to the Wall Street Journal, comes a new slogan: Americans get less health for more dollars than any other industrialized nation because we don’t deserve good health. We haven’t earned it, and if we insist on using it anyway, we’ll be depriving other, more needy fellow citizens of their fair share.
economics  rhetoric  free-markets  american  ideology  health-care  obesity  morality  money 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - When Health Care Does Become a Negotiation
Lays out three stages of reform: initial passage, conference committee, final agreement. Argues that negotiation will happen in the final stage.
health-care  reform  insurance  congress  legislation  negotiating 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - It's Not About the Insurers. At Least Not Totally.
"It's easy to argue that insurers are villains. It's hard to argue that their villainy is the primary problem in health care..There are two main problems in the health-care system: Coverage and cost." The former can be mandated the cause of the latter is unclear, especially the role of insurance companies and cost.
health-care  insurance  medicine  reform  business  public-option 
august 2009 by tsuomela
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