Tag: health policy

Blog Posts (8)

April 21, 2014

People in the US Are Footing the Bill for Switzerland’s Medical Care

People have criticized The Affordable Care Act for amounting to a large transfer of wealth, from wealthy Americans to those not as well off. But the real transfer of wealth has been from United States to other developed nations, whose … Continue reading
April 15, 2014

Look How Much Medicare Spends after Patients Leave the Hospital

As readers of this blog know, Medicare costs loom large in our nation’s future. If we do not find a way to control Medicare spending, it’s hard to imagine any way to remain a solvent nation. As we continue to … Continue reading
April 8, 2014


I recently reread a very informative New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza, called the Obama memos. I have assigned the article to my undergraduate health policy class, to help them understand the political climate surrounding the passage of The Affordable … Continue reading
December 19, 2013

A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare

Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time.…

October 28, 2013

Big Data, Big Worries

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Everyday you perform web browser searches, pay for items with a credit card, visit web sites, pass through automated toll lanes, use your cell phone, navigate via GPS, read news online, renew your driver’s license, sign up for insurance, and much more.…

August 28, 2013

Paying for Patient Empowerment

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Way back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being debated across the country, one of the more controversial elements was a section (HE 3200, Section 1233) that would provide physician reimbursement for conversations about end-of-life advance care planning.…

August 16, 2013

War on Drugs Ceasefire

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Specifically he said that drug abuse was “public enemy number one in the United States.” This past week, U.S.…

November 16, 2012

AJOB's November Issue is Here!

November's issue of the American Journal of Bioethics addresses an unexamined aspect of hospital ethics committees: their role in contributing to and writing policies. The authors call for ethicists to develop clearer roles, responsibilities, and procedural standards is made in light of limited publication about policy work.

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 (13)

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.

January 10, 2013 1:38 pm

Penn Medicine Launches Nation's First Program for the Study of Ethical and Policy Issues in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Penn Medicine News)

The new program will support research, education and training to identify and address the ethical and policy implications of advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, including translation to clinical practice.

November 21, 2012 10:00 am

Boston doctors launch new journal (The Boston Globe)

A pair of Boston physicians with experience working on national health policy are launching a new journal called Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation focusing on changes in the health care system, including new payment methods.

November 1, 2012 5:16 pm

Putin Wages War on Vodka as Lifestyle Death Toll Mounts (Bloomberg)

An anti-tobacco law submitted to parliament yesterday will ban smoking in public places, advertising and kiosk sales. That follows measures to curb the world’s fourth-highest alcohol consumption per capita with tax increases and by limiting trade.  Smoking and drinking kill 900,000 people a year in Russia, the world’s second-largest market for cigarettes and alcohol, according to official estimates.

November 1, 2012 4:46 pm

Report: USDA Should Regulate In-School Snacks (U.S. News)

Now, a new report suggests the USDA should begin regulating snacks offered in school vending machines and snack lines.  The report, issued Thursday by PEW Charitable Trust, says that high school students consume as many as 336 calories per day through snacks, and that few states offer healthy alternatives to candy, potato chips and soda.

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