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October 19, 2016
My article with Peter Bach of Memorial Sloan Kettering continues to generate debate. The two of us argues that copay assistance programs from pharmaceutical companies help specific patients in the short run, but make it easier for drug companies to … Continue reading →
The post Copay Assistance Controversy Continues appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 14, 2016
Americans spend more per-capita on medical care than just about any other country and, yet, they often have little to show for it. Americans have worse access to care than people in other countries, and are often less likely to … Continue reading →
The post Why The Government Tried To Fix Primary Care And Failed appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 13, 2016
Peter Bach and I have an essay in the Annals of Internal Medicine laying out some of the problems with pharmaceutical funded copay assistance programs. Check it out.
The post Copay Assistance – Good For Patients, Bad For Prices appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 12, 2016
If you only paid attention to popular media, you’d think cancers primarily strike young people. Here’s a picture from a medical journal contrasting media coverage of cancer to actual occurrence of cancer in younger and older people:
The post Cancer: A Disease of the Young?!? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 10, 2016
If you eat lots of meat, then you are contributing to global warming. Animals like cows require lots of grain, and they emit lots of methane; therefore, demand for hamburger increases CO2 emissions. Here’s a picture from the Washington Post … Continue reading →
The post Your Environment is What You Eat appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 7, 2016
A recent study of men with early-stage prostate cancer found no difference in 10-year death rates, regardless of whether their doctors actively monitored the cancers for signs of growth or eradicated the men’s cancers with surgery or radiation. What does … Continue reading →
The post Don’t Let Your Physician Tell You What To Do Without Finding Out Your Goals appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 5, 2016
Many Americans are buying healthcare insurance that asks them to pay a lot, out-of-pocket, for the care they receive. It looks like that trend, towards higher expenses, is especially common among higher income folks, as shown by this picture courtesy … Continue reading →
The post Who’s Paying Out-of-Pocket for Medical Care appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 28, 2016
It is hard for any physician to advance as a medical researcher. Competition for research funding is fierce; the rigors of publishing in prestigious medical journals are gargantuan. And women pursuing such careers face even bigger challenges, with many having … Continue reading →
The post The Silent, Terrible Toll of Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 23, 2016
Here’s a picture from @RAdamsDudleyMD, one that, sadly, is consistent with many previous studies. The US doesn’t measure up in giving people access to medical care.
The post America Is Number…5 Out Of 5? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 22, 2016
Obamacare is a big, messy law with so many moving parts, it is often hard to tell how well it’s working. People debate whether it is killing jobs or creating them; they argue about whether it is lowering medical expenses … Continue reading →
The post Did You Know That Obamacare Causes Diabetes? Here’s Why It Happens And Why It’s A Good Thing appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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