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I recently came across a disturbing picture. I know that life in America is unfair. That access to medical care is uneven. That the chance of living a long life is often heavily influenced by socioeconomic disparities. But this figure still astonished me. It shows mortality for people suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, better known […]

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In 2010, the state of Rhode Island decided to tackle high healthcare costs. It did so by requiring insurers to meet affordability standards. The plan worked, but not for the reasons you probably suspect.

Let’s start with what Rhode Island’s standards look like. It required several things of insurers:

The post Angry Your Doctor Won’t Tell You What That Test Costs? You Should Be! appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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The field of behavioral economics has brought attention to promising ways of motivating people to make better life choices. Many behavioral economic-inspired interventions are relatively hands off — they nudge people to make wiser decisions without in any way restricting their choices. The idea of nudges was made justifiably popular by Cass Sunstein and Dick Thaler in their best-selling book and has inspired governments around the world to create nudge units.

The post The Most Expensive Medicare Patients Aren’t Who You Think appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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Happiness doesn’t always come easily. Some people seem naturally happy, like they inherited the right gene or were born into the right circumstances. Many other people struggle to find happiness. Perhaps even more people hope to become happier than they already are. But what kind of plan should people follow if they are hoping to become happier? Or will any kind of plan merely make it harder to thrive?

The post Death by Poison – A New American Epidemic appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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In 2010, the state of Rhode Island decided to tackle high healthcare costs. It did so by requiring insurers to meet affordability standards. The plan worked, but not for the reasons you probably suspect.

Let’s start with what Rhode Island’s standards look like. It required several things of insurers:

The post High Healthcare Costs — Are Insurance Premiums a Cause or an Effect? appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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The field of behavioral economics has brought attention to promising ways of motivating people to make better life choices. Many behavioral economic-inspired interventions are relatively hands off — they nudge people to make wiser decisions without in any way restricting their choices. The idea of nudges was made justifiably popular by Cass Sunstein and Dick Thaler in their best-selling book and has inspired governments around the world to create nudge units.

The post Behavioral Economic Interventions – It’s Not a Choice Between Nudges and Shoves appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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Happiness doesn’t always come easily. Some people seem naturally happy, like they inherited the right gene or were born into the right circumstances. Many other people struggle to find happiness. Perhaps even more people hope to become happier than they already are. But what kind of plan should people follow if they are hoping to become happier? Or will any kind of plan merely make it harder to thrive?

The post 1000 People Described How They’d Find Happiness — Here’s Who Succeeded appeared first on Peter Ubel.

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(Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images) U.S. healthcare costs have been high for decades, outpacing other developed countries since at least the 1980s. But costs continue to rise, and that is causing many experts to ask why. Some people blame … Continue reading

The post Is Federal Policy Really to Blame for the High Cost of Cancer Care? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.

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Shutterstock If you experience a heart attack, you are probably going to need to take pills to prevent another such attack. People who take beta blockers, aspirin, or cholesterol pills after heart attacks are less likely to experience a second … Continue reading

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Shutterstock When it comes to wreaking havoc on people’s bodies, diabetes isn’t picky, wreaking havoc upon people’s hearts, brains, eyes, kidneys, and peripheral nerves. To forestall such damage, many people with diabetes withstand another kind of bodily harm—they prick blood … Continue reading

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