Tag: health policy

Blog Posts (20)

August 19, 2014

How Good is Healthcare in Your Country?

Here is an interesting picture of how people rate the quality of care in their countries. The US is near the top, but so too is the largely socialized British system: One clear message here: We all have another reason … Continue reading
June 26, 2014

Is the Nutritional Supplement Industry Feeding You Bull Balls for Breakfast?

My patient had been feeling unusually irritable lately.  Nothing had changed in his home or work life to bring on such a shift in mood.  He wasn’t taking any medicines that could cause such symptoms either, being a strappingly healthy … Continue reading
June 19, 2014

Obamacare Hasn’t Scared Away Insurers

Interesting picture on the Vox website from Sarah Kliff, showing an increase in the number of health insurance companies planning to compete on the exchanges next year: So much for the rumors that Obamacare will quickly kill the health insurance … Continue reading
June 18, 2014

Insurance Woes

A great cartoon from the Kaiser Health News website that pithily captures the “wonders” of the American health insurance system.   (Click here to view comments)
June 17, 2014

If Costs Are Unknown, Can Doctors Still Talk About Them?

I have been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that … Continue reading
June 13, 2014

Obamacare Chipping Away at Uninsured Numbers

With all the hype and controversy over Obamacare, once in a while it’s nice to look at the facts. And here are recent numbers – on the percent of Americans who lack health insurance, a figure that has dropped significantly … Continue reading
May 22, 2014

Inappropriate Medicare Incentives Lead to Unnecessary Subspecialty Procedures

Sometimes people flat out need cameras shoved down into their stomachs.  A long history of reflux disease, for example, could prompt a gastroenterologist to perform an “upper endoscopy”—to run a thin tube down the patient’s throat in order to view … Continue reading
May 20, 2014

Are Bundled Payments the Future of US Healthcare?

I spoke recently with a reporter from the USA Today, who ended up writing a nice article on bundled payments in healthcare. I promise to return to this topic on future posts. But for now, let me whet your appetite … Continue reading
May 14, 2014

A Simple Way to Save Billions of Dollars on Emergency Care

“If you insure them, they will come.” Those words might as well be the mantra of hospitals across the country, because they can expect an onslaught of customers thanks to the expansion of health insurance under Obamacare. A recent study … Continue reading
May 7, 2014

Has the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Already Reached Its Peak?

The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility this year in those states which decided to follow its provisions. That means lots of people are now newly eligible for Medicaid. However, the number of people signing up for Medicaid in the … Continue reading

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Published Articles (11)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 11 - Nov 2012

The Instrumental Role of Hospital Ethics Committees in Policy Work Nanibaa’ A. Garrison & David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 11 - Nov 2012

Opening the Black Box of Ethics Policy Work: Evaluating a Covert Practice Andrea Frolic, Katherine Drolet, Kim Bryanton, Carole Caron, Cynthia Cupido, Barb Flaherty, Sylvia Fung & Lori McCall

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Can Medical Repatriation Be Ethical? Establishing Best Practices Mark Kuczewskia

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Toward a ?Magenta? Public Bioethics Discourse?Bart Stupak and Health Care Reform

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 7 - Jul 2011

Fairness and the Public's Role in Defining Decent Benefits

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 4 - Apr 2011

An Ethical Evaluation of the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendations for HIV Testing in Health Care Settings

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 11 - Nov 2009

"Listen to the People": Public Deliberation about Social Distancing Measures in a Pandemic

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 11 - Nov 2007

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "Health Literacy, Health Inequality and a Just Health Care System"

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 11 - Nov 2007

Response to Open Commentaries for "The Effectiveness and Ethical Justification of Psychiatric Outpatient Commitment"

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 11 - Nov 2007

Health Literacy, Health Inequality and a Just Healthcare System

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News (17)

September 11, 2014 2:54 pm

Health Reform Watch: Study finds fewer deaths after MA health reform

In this edition of Health Reform Watch: Harvard Asst. Professor Ben Sommers explains his widely-quoted study showing a measurable drop in adult deaths in Massachusetts in the wake of the state’s health reform program, the model for the Affordable Care Act.

July 30, 2014 5:10 pm

Calif. Considers Bilingual Drug Labels

This week California’s Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles.

May 29, 2014 3:51 pm

House Committee Votes to Allow Schools to Opt Out of Nutritional Program

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012.

May 5, 2014 6:44 pm

Deaths fell after Massachusetts healthcare overhaul: study

When Massachusetts blazed the trail of healthcare reform in 2006 by expanding coverage for the poor and requiring all residents to have health insurance, it may have done more than serve as a model for nationwide reform: it also seemed to save lives, according to a study released on Monday.

February 5, 2014 6:30 pm

New rule allows patients to get test results directly from labs, without doctors’ clearance

Patients may obtain their test results directly from the laboratory that produced them, without having to go through their doctors.

December 11, 2013 7:13 pm

FDA Finally Imposes Some Controls on Agricultural Antibiotics. Sort Of.

The US Food and Drug Administration dropped some long-awaited-but-still-big news regarding the use of antibiotics in meat production.

June 5, 2013 1:48 pm

Bring back PE: Exercise should be 'core' class, report says

Children need a full hour of exercise in schools every day, and not just in physical education classes, the Institute of Medicine recommended on Thursday.

March 20, 2013 2:21 pm

Forcing employees to undergo health screenings for insurance is wrong

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many companies are forcing its employees to undergo a physical examination in order to get health insurance, or be levied with a surcharge.

February 20, 2013 1:29 pm

Penn Health System to stop hiring smokers (Philly.com)

The University of Pennsylvania Health System will no longer hire smokers and other tobacco users, starting in July.  The system, which includes the Hospital of the University of Penn., said the policy would improve the health of its workforce and reduce the cost of health-care benefits.

January 10, 2013 1:57 pm

Hundreds of Texas, Ohio teachers flock to gun training (Reuters)

School teachers in Texas are flocking to free firearms classes and hundreds more in Ohio have signed up for training in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, some vowing to protect their students with guns even at the risk of losing their jobs.

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